Monthly Archives: May 2010

June Meeting Reading

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be Monday, 21 June, 3:30-4:30pm, Room G38, Elisabeth Murdoch Building.

Those of you who attended our last meeting know that the June reading has been selected. It is a special advance copy of a forthcoming major publication on Aboriginal art – direct from the author.

If you would like to attend please send us an email (our addresses are located on the “How to Join” page).

Looking forward to seeing you on June 21st!                                                               ~Kira


25 May, Artist Talk by David Garneau

Artist Talk by David Garneau
Visiting Canadian Indigenous Métis artist & curator

Apropos Appropriate Appropriations (Art after the Apology)

Koorie Heritage Trust, Tuesday, 25 May 2010, 3- 5pm
Followed by discussion & coffee.  RSVP:
295 King Street, Corner Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

“Why do ‘high-art’ White artists occasionally rip-off Indigenous art, and ‘high-art’ Indigenous artists continuously rip-off Western culture? “Is dominant culture appropriation of Indigenous art going to continue the project of unconscious colonialism and necessitate Aboriginal Reactionism, or can it evolve into a métissage—a critical play of ideas and influences in a shared, playful but respectful space that leads to post-ironic, constructive production?”

With discussion and response by Michelle Evans, PhD scholar at the Melbourne Business School and founding Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne.

David Garneau is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  His practice includes painting, drawing, curation and critical writing.   His solo exhibition, Cowboys and Indians (and Métis?), toured Canada (2003-7) and Road Kill is currently touring Saskatchewan. His work often engages issues of nature, history, masculinity and Aboriginal identity. His art works are in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, The Canadian Parliament, Indian and Inuit Art Centre, the Glenbow Museum, the Mackenzie Art Gallery and many other public and private collections. Continue reading

May meeting: Marcia Langton, “The Art of Being Aboriginal” and Ian McLean “Historicity and Aboriginal Art: How Long Will It Take for Aboriginal Art to Become Modern”

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be Monday, 17 May, 3:30-4:30pm, Room G38, Elisabeth Murdoch Building.

We will be reading two chapters from Crossing Cultures – Conflict, Migration, Convergence, 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art (CIHA), University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. They are Marcia Langton, Chapter 8, “The Art of Being Aboriginal,” pages 35-45 and Ian McLean, Chapter 186, “Historicity and Aboriginal Art: How Long Will It Take for Aboriginal Art to Become Modern” pages 922-925.

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.

Please note the earlier time of 3:30pm and I look forward to seeing you on Monday!