Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham is artist, curator, critic and lecturer at the National Art School.
Daniel’s practice draws upon and remixes the image streams of art history, queer politics, pop culture, performance and music. His recent career survey, Are You There? at Wollongong Art Gallery spanned 30 years of practice. Curated by James Gatt, the exhibition is accompanied by a career-spanning monograph supported by Creative Australia (forthcoming 2024).
Primarily working in video and photography, his work has been presented in public galleries, museums, and artist-run initiatives since the early 1990s, including participation in Sydney Festival (2021), Cementa (2015) and MONA FOMA (2012). His work is represented in public collections such as Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, City of Sydney, Western Sydney University, Macquarie University, Murray Art Museum Albury, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Wollongong Art Gallery, and private collections including the Museum of Old and New Art. His archive is housed at the National Art Archive at the Art Gallery of NSW.
As a curator, he was recently Guest Co-Artistic Director of Performance Space for 2023 and is guest curator for Cementa 2024. Suspended Moment, an exhibition he curated for Museums and Galleries of NSW in partnership with Carriageworks, recently completed a two-year tour in January 2024.
Previously, he was the Director of Programs and Senior Curator at Carriageworks from 2017-2022. He has held leadership and curatorial roles at Artbank and Hazelhurst Arts Centre, and teaching and research positions at Western Sydney University, where he completed a BA Honours (First Class) in Art History and Criticism in 1997 and a PhD in Cultural Studies in 2004.
Since the mid-1990s, his prolific writing has taken the form of artist monographs, catalogue essays, academic papers, articles, and reviews.