Monthly Archives: May 2012

I wish I was there.

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan and Levi Collection opens at the Seattle Art Museum tomorrow. According to Will Owen, this event “promises to be one of the largest and most exciting museum exhibitions mounted in the US since Dreamings.” He is “totally psyched.” Read about it here. The exhibition website also has an image gallery.

Let’s see if we can get ahold of an exhibition catalog for an upcoming reading group!

This is the exhibition information that went out in the museum’s Enews:

Opening May 31
Finally, after over 50,000 years of making art, we are able to see what the oldest continuous culture on the planet has in mind. This art takes us into immense deserts and shimmering billabongs, into night skies and underground. What may look abstract is full of symbols and stories that take on common human dilemmas—greed, desire, the search for nourishment, and punishment of deceit. Most often, this art venerates the lands. We invite you to get lost in Australia this summer, without ever leaving Seattle.


Special meeting next Tuesday, 22 May 3:30pm, Ian Potter Museum

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be at the Ian Potter Museum at the University of Melbourne on Tuesday, 22 May, 3:30-4:30pm in the mezzanine level room. Curator Joanna Bosse will welcome the group with an introduction to a Groote Eylandt bark painting brought from the Leonhard Adam Collection archives especially for this event by newly appointed Curator of Academic Programs, Dr Heather Gaunt.

There will be two readings for the month of May, they are Stephanie Radok, “July,” in An Opening: Twelve Love Stories about Art, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, SA, 2012, pp. 62-80, and Djon Mundine, “A personal history of Aboriginal Art,” in Kasper Konig, Emily Joyce Evans and Falk Wolf (eds.) Remembering Forward: Australian Aboriginal painting since 1960, Paul Holberton Publishing, London, 2010.

Contact me if you would like to add your email address to our electronic mailing list. I use the mailing list to specify where to locate copies of the readings. Please note that we are meeting one hour earlier than usual, and on a Tuesday instead of our regular Monday. RSVPs would be appreciated for this meeting.


Today at 1pm: Aboriginal Art’s digital future: current issues, new initiatives

University of Melbourne School of Culture and Communication Art History Seminar Programme, Old Physics G16 / Jim Potter Room, 1pm-2pm

“Aboriginal Art’s digital future: current issues, new initiatives,” Susan Lowish, Lecturer in Australian Art History, University of Melbourne

Recent developments in record keeping practices for Aboriginal art from remote communities represent significant changes to the amount and type of information being collected on individual artists and artworks. This paper outlines these changes and Continue reading