Monthly Archives: May 2011

AAANZ Annual Conference, 7-9 December, Call for Papers (deadline 2 August)

AAANZ Annual Conference, 7-9 December 2011
Victoria University of Wellington
Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus
Wellington, New Zealand

The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand 2011 Annual conference is focused on a single overarching theme: Contact.

‘Contact’ evokes encounters between cultures, peoples and objects and the issues and outcomes they spark. The organisers welcome papers on topics or issues related to this theme, whether these are about the encounter between one culture and another, between viewer and art work or between one artist or art work and another. Participants are encouraged to think creatively about the theme. We welcome proposals that address themselves to resistance and hybridity, intersection and divergence, purity and pollution, and other related questions raised by the theme of contact. We encourage proposals for papers from art historians, artists, critics, curators and post-graduate students. Continue reading


July Reading: Artlink Indigenous: Beauty and Terror 2011

The Aboriginal Art Reading Group will be on vacation for the month of June. We will resume our monthly gathering on 18 July 4-5pm in Dr. Susan Lowish’s office, room 351 East Tower, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne with articles from Artlink’s upcoming issue Indigenous: Beauty and Terror 2011, which will be launched this Thursday, 2 June, at Federation Square’s Talk blak, talking back: conversations on political blak art. For more on the event click here.

More information about the upcoming issue:

Artlink Indigenous: guest co-editors Daniel Browning and Stephanie Radok.

A bumper annual survey of current developments and issues in this rich and diverse field. Artlink Indigenous: Beauty and Terror 2011 follows in the footsteps of the groundbreaking blak on blak issue Continue reading

Festival of Ideas: The Pursuit of Identity, June 13-18, The University of Melbourne

The search for an Australian identity in thought, literature, history, art and architecture, politics, foreign policy and education has been a positive element in Australian culture. The Festival will review how much the distinctive landscapes of Australia have shaped national identity, both in its bio-diversity and the brilliant way it has been imagined and depicted by artists from the ancient art of aboriginal culture to the present day.

Read the full Director’s Overview or the Vice-Chancellor’s Welcome.

May Meeting: Fred Myers “A History of Aboriginal Futures”

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be this Monday, May 30, from 4-5pm in Dr. Susan Lowish’s office, room 351 East Tower, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne.

In honour of Fred Myers upcoming talk: “Predicaments of Painting Indigenous Presence in Central Australia: Early Papunya Boards in Circulation,” on 6 June, (see details below) we will be reading “A History of Aboriginal Futures.” Critique of Anthropology 26 (1): 27-45, 2006, co-authored with Faye Ginsburg.

The paper is available on Fred Myers’ New York University homepage. It is the fourth full-text publication available to download on the left-hand side of the page.

Fred Myers in Melbourne, 6 June, 6-7:30pm, Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building

Predicaments of Painting Indigenous Presence in Central Australia: Early Papunya Boards in Circulation

This paper considers a predicament in the constitution of Aboriginal acrylic painting in Central Australia. Begun in 1971 as a translation of ritually-based designs into a new medium, the international success of the painting movement attests to their recontextualization from “ritual” to “art.” Continue reading

2 June, Fed Square: Talk blak, talking back: conversations on political blak art

The following event is coming up on 2 June at BMW Edge, Federation Square from 6-7:30pm. More information here and below:

A challenging series of conversations and visual presentations of contemporary visual art from artists who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and who have chosen to make political and protest statements through their work. Recent media commentary and debate around Indigenous identity and history suggest that it is a vexed and sometimes litigious subject.

Join the conversation around the contribution that politically engaged urban-based contemporary Indigenous visual artists have made to issues of identity, culture, racism and history. Continue reading

25 May – 14 August Ricky Maynard: Portrait of a Distant Land at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne Uni

Having recently returned from the Kluge-Ruhe Museum of Aboriginal Art at the University of Virgina’s exhibition Ricky Maynard: Portrait of a Distant Land, I am fortunate to see Ricky Maynard again; this time in Melbourne at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. The opening is next week: Wednesday, 25 May at 6:30pm, followed by a floor talk the next day, Thursday, 26 May with artist and curator, Keith Munro, at 1pm. RSVP requested: 8344 0327 or

25 May 2011 to 14 Aug 2011
Exhibition organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Curator: Keith Munro

Portrait of a distant land comprises a selection of 60 images from six bodies of work by leading Tasmanian documentary photographer Ricky Maynard, Continue reading

Registration Open – Antipodean Fields: Bourdieu and Southern Cultures Conference

Fred Myers is one of the keynote speakers: Flows of Culture, National Value, and Distinction: Papunya Tula Art in America

More conference information here.

A good deal of economic, social, cultural and political analysis in the antipodes has drawn on and engaged critically with the work of Pierre Bourdieu in order to adapt it to the particularities of Australian and New Zealand histories and conditions. Continue reading