The next reading group meeting will be held next Monday at 4:30pm in room 307 of the John Medley Building (University of Melbourne). We have three articles this month as the first two are quite short. We will be reading…
Fiona Nicoll “Aboriginal Art It’s a White Thing: Framing Whiteness” The Art of Politics and the Politics of Art Southport 2006, pp. 1-5.
Fiona Foley “A Touch of the Tar Brush” The Art of Politics and the Politics of Art Southport 2006, pp. 24-27.
Terry Smith “Creating Value between Cultures: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art” Beyond Price [eds] Hutter and Throsby Cambridge University Press, 2008 pp.23 – 40.
Please get in contact if you cannot find copies of any of the above works. Hope to see you all there!
The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group will be held on the 17th of December at 4:15 in room 307 of the John Medley Building. We will be reading from the catalogue for SoF*ckinNative, an exhibition held at Blak Dot Gallery from 27th September – 13 October.
We will also be reading the foreword and conclusion and ‘Chapter One: Getting Started’ from Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. (see attached).
If you are unable to get a copy of the catalogue, please contact me and I’ll try to organise something for you.
Hope to see you there!
The next meeting of the reading group will be next Monday 19th November in room 307 of the John Medley Building (University of Melbourne) from 4:15 – 5:15pm.
We have decided to read a chapter entitled “Coming to Matter: the Grounds of Our Embodied Difference” from Alison Ravenscroft’s book The Postcolonial Eye. Here is an excerpt from the blurb:
Informed by theories of the visual, knowledge and desire, The Postcolonial Eye is about the ‘eye’ and the ‘I’ in contemporary Australian scenes of race. Specifically, it is about seeing, where vision is taken to be subjective and shaped by desire, and about knowing one another across the cultural divide between white and Indigenous Australia. Writing against current moves to erase this divide and to obscure difference, Alison Ravenscroft stresses that modern Indigenous cultures can be profoundly, even bewilderingly, strange and at times unknowable within the terms of ‘white’ cultural forms. She argues for a different ethics of looking, in particular, for aesthetic practices that allow Indigenous cultural products, especially in the literary arts, to retain their strangeness in the eyes of the white subject.
We will also be looking at the exhibition Omission (22 Sept – 28 Oct) that was held at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts and curated by Glen Iseger-Pilkington. For more information about this exhibition (and some interviews with the artists) see here for more info: http://www.lindenarts.org/exhibitions/2012/omission.aspx
If you are unable to get a copy of the Ravenscroft reading, please get in contact hameedm[at]student.unimelb.edu.au
2011, inkjet print 40 x 100cm
For those of you who weren’t at last month’s meeting, Kira has decided to take a break from the reading group and I (Monique) will be organising the meetings for a while.
The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group will be held on Wednesday 24th October, 4pm – 5pm, room 307 John Medley Building (University of Melbourne). We usually hold the meetings on a Monday so apologies to anyone who cannot make it this time.
We will be doing two readings this month. The first one will be Marcia Langton’s piece for Vogue Australia on the The Sapphires (2012), and the second will be the first chapter from Robyn Ferrell’s Sacred Exchanges.
If you cannot get hold of any copies of the above works, feel free to contact me (hameedm[at]student.unimelb.edu.au).
Hope to see you there!
Greetings! We’re just updating this blog after a 3 month break, part of which was spent learning about Aboriginal art in the Northern Territory (Susan) and most of which was spent studying in the State library (Kira). Plans are underway for a September meeting where we will read articles from the latest issue of Artlink Indigenous: Indignation, vol.32, No.2 !
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.
The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be Monday, 16 April, 4:30-5:30pm in room 215, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne.
There will be two readings for April: the Indigenous Australian Art Charter of Principles for Publicly Funded Collecting Institutions available from the Cultural Ministers Council publications page and Judith Ryan’s “The Ancient Made New,” Apollo: The International Magazine for Collectors, July/August 2011, that can be accessed through the University of Melbourne’s Discovery search.
The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be Monday, 19 March, 4:30-5:30pm in room 215, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne.
We will be reading Katie Glaskin (2010) “On Dreams, Innovation and the Emerging Genre of the Individual Artist,” Anthropological Forum: A journal of social anthropology and comparative sociology, 20:3, 251-267.
The article can be downloaded with a University of Melbourne student login via Discovery search.
The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be Monday, 20 February, 4:30-5:30pm in room 106, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne.
We will be reading Darren Jorgensen’s 2011 “Dreams and Magic in Surrealism and Aboriginal Australian Art,” Third Text, 25:2, 553-562. The article can be downloaded with a University of Melbourne student login via Discovery search on this page.
This article points to the confluence of dreams and magic in the discourses adopted by two very different art movements that emerged during the twentieth century. The first is French Surrealism, which adopted dreams and magic as a way of translating esoteric ideas to a global spectatorship. The second is the Australian Aboriginal art movement, which continues to use these ideas as ways of explaining cosmologies that remain alien to colonial Australia. Thus dreams and magic become means of cross-cultural translation but, more than this, they make a radical critique of Western materialism in both historical situations. In the aftermath of violent events, in the First World War and in the invasion of Australia, these concepts become ways of contemplating truths that exceed the flux of modernity. Ultimately, they point less to an art history constructed out of the specificity of historical change than to the strategic similarities of avant-gardes wanting to illuminate the potentials of human consciousness. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be 16 January 4:30-5:30pm in room 106, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne.
We will be reading a number of selections from Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art, including Philip Batty’s “‘Artefacts’ as Art: ‘Art’ as Arefact” and “Catch a Fire” by John Kean. If you have not yet seen the exhibition please try to do so before the meeting. A copy of the reading will be circulated to the electronic mailing list.
Looking forward to seeing you then! ~ Kira