NGV Friday Nights Waari | Lucreccia Quintanilla | Luke George

Fri 17 Mar 23, 6pm–10pm

Past program

NGV International

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Start your weekend with a visit to NGV Friday Nights and the groundbreaking exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse. NGV’s Great Hall and Garden are transformed with live-music and pop-up bars inspired by ‘90s London and the innovation, romance and theatricality of McQueen’s work. See Melbourne’s best DJs take residence in the 2022 Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom as well as a line-up of unmissable bands performing in the Great Hall, alongside rare screenings of some of McQueen’s most iconic runway collections. Music sounds better on a Friday night.


Great Hall

A proud Kalkadoon, Waanyi, Ngāti Mutanga, Ngāti Manu, Te Āti Awa storyteller, Waari is an interdisciplinary artist that reaches deep into his connectedness with country, people, past, present, and future. Bringing with him his story of the lived experience of being blak in this country.

2022 NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom, Grollo Equiset Garden

Lucreccia Quintanilla is all about story telling within music. She spends a lot of time researching music from the past, the present and the futuristic sounds too. Her interests are Latin music and all its sub genres and often sneaks her own remixes into her sets.

Performance time 7–8pm

Obsessed with rope as a medium, performance and installation artist Luke George collides kink with couture. Provoked by Alexander McQueen’s radical and lasting impact on fashion and culture, Luke is designing and handcrafting a rope bondage gown – a garment of vibrantly colourful rope intricately knotted to bind itself to a person and people to each other. Collaborating with model/muse Timothy Stone for this performance and set against the architecture and ever evolving art works of the Temple of Boom, Luke will create a series of embodied renderings that gradually materialise over time, and make visible, queerness within classical antiquity.

Based in Naarm, Luke George (he/they) is a multidisciplinary artist creating work that spans performance, installation, craft and ropework. Informed by queer politics and spaces, Luke’s works explore risk and intimacy and employ daring and at times, unorthodox methods, to create further possibilities for artist and audience to encounter each other. NGV presented Luke’s most recent work STILL LIVES: MELBOURNE for RISING 2022, working with rope, Luke tied and suspended 5 Aussie Rules footballers from the ceiling of the Great Hall in the recreation of the 2011 AFL Mark of the Year by Andrew Krakouer.


Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse
See the first major Australian exhibition to focus on Alexander McQueen, one of the most extraordinary and significant fashion designers in recent memory. McQueen’s far-reaching sources of inspiration, his creative process and his capacity for story-telling are showcased across 120 garments and accessories alongside more than 80 artworks, including painting, sculpture, photography and more. Your NGV Friday Nights ticket includes entry to the exhibition.

Freedom of Movement: Contemporary Art and Design from the NGV Collection
Don’t miss Freedom of Movement, a new exhibition featuring more than 60 works of contemporary art and design by some of the most recognisable names working today, including Patricia Piccinini, KAWS, nendo, Paola Pivi, Nick Cave, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Shilpa Gupta, Alicja Kwade, Daniel Arsham and Alex Prager.

2022 NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom | Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang
Grab a cocktail and enjoy the sunset from Temple of Boom, a newly built reimagining of the Parthenon situated in the garden. Over the summer, Melbourne-based artists will take turns painting the installation with overlapping large-scale artworks, creating an ever-changing backdrop for the line-up of Friday Nights DJs.


Enjoy English classics all night, in celebration of McQueen’s childhood in East London. Snack on your choice of fish and chips, crispy pork belly, cheese selections and more.

Yering Station Wine Bar
Complete your after-hours experience by visiting the Yering Station Wine Bar in the Great Hall. Choose from a menu of fine wines from the Yarra Valley or a selection of three for a memorable wine-tasting experience.

Moët Champagne Bar
Let Moët & Chandon light up your NGV Fridays experience; serving the iconic Moët Impérial, the glamourous Moët Rosé Impérial and the famed Moët Minis from the Moët Mini-Matic.

Four Pillars Gin Bar
The Four Pillars Gin Bar will be serving up gin cocktails and good times in the Great Hall every Friday evening. Enjoy a classic and refreshing G&T or try a Four Pillars original cocktail as you settle into the weekend.

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