Monthly Archives: April 2010

Richard Bell to lecture at University of Virginia, tonight!

Wish I could be there, check out this announcement from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia newsletter (click here for the full article):

Aboriginal artist Richard Bell will deliver the John W. and Maria T. Kluge Distinguished Lecture in Arts and Humanities at the University of Virginia on April 21 at 6 pm. The lecture, titled Talking the Talk, will be held in Campbell Hall Room 153 followed by a reception with the artist at UVa Art Museum.


New time, Monday, 17 May meeting, 3:30-4:30pm

Thank you to those of you who participated in the April Aboriginal Art reading group meeting!

For those of you who could not attend, we have decided to move our May gathering to earlier in the day; the next meeting will be Monday, 17 May, 3:30-4:30pm. An announcement with a reading by Professor Ian Mclean will go out the electronic mailing list on 10 May.

April Meeting: Claus Volkenandt and Christian Kaufmann (Eds.), “Introduction,” Between Indigenous Australia an Europe: John Mawurndjul

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be Monday, 19 April, 5:30PM, Room G38, Elisabeth Murdoch Building.

We will be reading the “Introduction,” pages 9-18, of C. Volkenandt and C. Kaufmann (eds), Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul, Art Histories in Context series, Aboriginal Studies Press, April 2009. Please consider reading “Why we need an intercultural art history,” by Claus Volkenandt, as well, pages 103-111.

Copies of these chapters, available for photocopying, are in an envelope on the notice board outside Dr Susan Lowish’s office, room G27, ground floor Elisabeth Murdoch Building.

Here is a bit about the book, from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies web page:

Increasingly, Australian Indigenous art is drawing the attention of international audiences, in part because of the amazing stories the artists tell of human creativity. John Mawurndjul is one of several Aboriginal artists whose work is collected and displayed in art museums and galleries throughout the world.

As his work is both simultaneously grounded in his country in northern Australia, and internationally, the resulting dual perspective raises basic questions about how art should be viewed and approached in intercultural terms. Continue reading