Monthly Archives: March 2010

Special Seminar: Christian Thompson (Bidjara), “Photographs, videos and performance works”

School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne special seminar with Christian Thompson, Wednesday, March 31, 1.00 – 2.00 Alan Gilbert Building, lecture theatre 1.

Christian Thompson, I’m Not Going Anywhere Without You, 100 x 100 cm    C-Type Print, 2009

Inaugural Charles Perkins Trust Scholar and the first Aboriginal Australian to be accepted into Oxford University, Amsterdam-based, acclaimed contemporary artist Christian Thompson will discuss his recent performance and sound work for the Adelaide Biennial of Australian art, his two year residency at the Das Arts Foundation, the Netherlands and the research he will undertake at Oxford Universities, the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, where he will undertake his Doctorate of Philosophy in Fine art in October 2010, and his upcoming projects for the Sydney International Biennale.

Born 1978, Gawler, South Australia, Christian Thompson lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Christian Thompson is a contemporary artist. Continue reading


Next Meeting: 19 April

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be Monday, 19 April, 5:30PM, Room G38, Elisabeth Murdoch Building; make a note of it in your diaries!

We will be reading selected chapters of C. Volkenandt and C. Kaufmann (eds), Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul, Art Histories in Context series, Aboriginal Studies Press, April 2009. The specific chapters and location of photocopies will be announced later this month.

Museum Victoria: 2010 Lecture Series, Indigenous Cultures Department

I received this announcement from the School of Culture and Communication mailing list this afternoon:

When: 1pm – 2pm, last Tuesday of every month, February to November, 2010
Where: The Discovery Centre, Lower Ground Floor, Melbourne Museum

The Indigenous Cultures Department of Museum Victoria is launching a monthly lecture series in February 2010 entitled Culture and History. The series will offer free public lectures on a wide range of topics relating to Australian Colonial and Post-colonial history, Aboriginal Studies, Australasian Anthropology & Archaeology, Aboriginal Art, Cultural Theory, Contemporary Politics & Government and other related topics. Continue reading

Artlink, Current Issue – Vol 30 no 1, 2010

In our meeting last night we discussed the most recent edition of Artlink:

Blak on blak

Political, satirical, hard-hitting art by blak artists around Australia is assessed and discussed by blak writers. Brought to prominence by the collective ProppaNOW in Brisbane, these works challenge ignorance and racism through deadly blak humour, irony and parody. Queensland, known in the 1980s as the Moonlight State, was the hotbed that bred the confrontational art of these artists. In a dynamic Australian publishing first both the Editor Daniel Browning, and assistant editor Tess Allas, are Indigenous, and all of the features are written by Indigenous writers. Continue reading

Judith Ryan at the Kluge-Ruhe

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Family Bush Tucker Dreaming, c.1972 ©2009 Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney (from the Kluge-Ruhe website)

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, the University of Virgina, was established in 1997. It is one of few large collections outside of Australia available for public viewing. This is their mission statement:

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia promotes learning about Australian Aboriginal art and culture through an integrated program of collection management, exhibition, education, research and publication. We are committed to building mutually beneficial partnerships with Aboriginal artists and communities to better represent their art and knowledge in each aspect of our program.

Next week, Judith Ryan of the National Gallery of Victoria is presenting a slide show and talk, The Raw and the Cooked: The Aesthetic Principle in Aboriginal Art. Read more about her visit.

March Reading: Lorraine Gibson’s, “Art, culture and ambiguity in Wilcannia, New South Wales”

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be Monday, 15 March, 5:30PM, Room G38, Elisabeth Murdoch Building. This is the first meeting of this semester and I hope to see some new faces join us.

We will be discussing Lorraine Gibson’s, “Art, culture and ambiguity in Wilcannia, New South Wales” Australian Journal of Anthropology, v.19, no.3, Dec 2008: (294)-313.

This article is available for University of Melbourne students/staff on the SuperSearch database, click here for link to the library. Please email me if you do not have access SuperSearch and would like a PDF copy of this week’s reading. Article abstract from Lorraine Gibson:

The claim of most town whites that Aboriginal people of Wilcannia make art but have no culture and the claim by Aboriginal people of the town that their art work and art designs demonstrate their culture and cultural traditions opens up the powerful and productive dimensions of art and culture for closer scrutiny. In so doing, the ambivalence and ambiguity which saturates these categories is ethnographically revealed. Continue reading