Next Meeting: Monday 28th July 4.00 – 5.00 pm

Hi all,

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group will be held next Monday the 28th of July from 4 – 5pm in room 307 of the John Medley Building.

We will continue reading:

Behind the Doors: An art history from Yuendumu by Philip Joneshttps://i2.wp.com/www.wakefieldpress.com.au/images/P/9781743052945.jpg

If you have trouble getting hold of any of the readings please contact me at susan.lowish[at]unimelb.edu.au

Hope to see you there,

Susan

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Next Meeting: Monday 30th June 4.00 – 5.00 pm

Hi all,

After a brief break in May, we’re back!

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group will be held next Monday the 30th of June from 4 – 5pm in room 307 of the John Medley Building.

We will be reading:

GELL, Alfred (2006)  “Vogel’s Net: Traps as Artworks and Artworks as Traps”, from The Anthropology of Art: A Reader, edited by Howard Morphy and Morgan Perkins. Blackwell Publishing, pp. 219-235.

We will also be viewing two very recent publications:

Behind the Doors: An art history from Yuendumu by Philip Joneshttps://i2.wp.com/www.wakefieldpress.com.au/images/P/9781743052945.jpg

and the catalogue to the exhibition Ngintaka.

If you have trouble getting hold of any of the readings please contact me at susan.lowish[at]unimelb.edu.au

Hope to see you there,

Susan

Next Meeting: Monday 28th April 4.00 – 5.00 pm (due to Easter and Daylight Savings)

Hi all,

Please note the new time and date.

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group will be held next Monday the 28th of April from 4 – 5pm in room 307 of the John Medley Building.

We will be reading:

SUTTON, Peter (1998) Chap.9 “Icons of Country: Topographic Representations in Classical Aboriginal Traditions” and Chap.10 “Aboriginal Maps and Plans” in WOODWARD, David & LEWIS, Malcolm (eds), The History of Cartography, Volume 2.3: Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific Societies. Chicago University Press. Chicago, pp. 353-386 and 387 – 416.

If you have trouble getting hold of any of the readings please contact me at susan.lowish[at]unimelb.edu.au

Hope to see you there,

Susan

News: curator and author Quentin Sprague will be joining us tonight!

See the exhibition: http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/exhibitions/exhib-date/2014-03-06/exhib/the-world-is-not-a-foreign-land

Read the blog: http://theworldisnotaforeignland.com/about/

And attend the Reading Group, but not necessarily in that order.

Susan

Next Meeting: Monday 17th March 5.00 – 6.00 pm

Hi all,

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group will be held next Monday the 17th of March from 5 – 6pm in room 307 of the John Medley Building.

We will be reading:

Quentin Sprague,”Pushing the line: An unlikely artistic collaboration in the Kimberley”,  t h e m o n t h l y — d e c e m b e r 2 0 1 3 — J A N U A RY 2 0 1 4, pp. 32-38

AND

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the exhibition catalogue,  The World is not a ForeignLand, especially the essay

‘Indigenising curatorial practice’ by Stephen Gilchrist

If you have trouble getting hold of any of the readings please contact me at susan.lowish[at]unimelb.edu.au

Hope to see you there,

Susan

Next Meeting: Monday 17th February 5.00 – 6.00 pm

Hi all,

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group will be held next Monday the 17th of February from 5 – 6pm in room 307 of the John Medley Building.

We will be reading:

Jorgensen, D. 2013, ‘Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, jilamara, and art history on the Tiwi Islands’, Journal of Australian Studies, 37, 2, pp. 147-158.

We will also be joined by a special guest: Anna McLeod.

Anna has over 20 years’ experience working in remote Indigenous art centres throughout Australia. From 1999 to 2002 she was the manager of Tiwi Design and was involved in the establishment of the Tiwi Art Network. Currently, she teaches into the Graduate Certificate of Indigenous Art Centre Management at the Wilin Centre, VCA, University of Melbourne.

If you have trouble getting hold of any of the readings please contact me at susan.lowish[at]unimelb.edu.au

Hope to see you there,

Susan

December Meeting – additional texts

Dear All,

There are two more suggested readings for this month. Both related to the RA’s Australia exhibition:

Ian McLean’s speech from the RA Symposium reproduced on Nigel Lendon’s Iconophilia blog:

http://www.iconophilia.net/australia-at-the-royal-academy/

and Nicolas Rothwell’s recent article: ‘Hanging in a post-colonial disconnect’, The Australian, 6/12/13

If you have trouble getting hold of any of the readings please contact me at susan.lowish[at]unimelb.edu.au

Susan

Next Meeting: Monday 16th December 5.00 – 6.00 pm

Hi all,

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group will be held next Monday the 16th of December from 5 – 6pm in room 307 of the John Medley Building.

We will be reading:

van Damme, Wilfried (2012). ‘Not What You Expect: The Nineteenth-Century European Reception of Australian Aboriginal Art’, Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History 81(3), 133-149.

and

a selection of reviews of the recent Royal Academy of Art exhibition ‘Australia‘ 

Januszczak, Waldemar (2013) ‘Australia (Review)’, The Sunday Times, 22 September, 14-15.

Campbell-Johnston, Rachel (2013) ‘From Bush to Beach: A Panoramic View of a Vast and Diverse Nation. Australia: Royal Academy’, The Times, 16 September, 7.

Nick Miller (2013) ‘“Cascade of diarrhoea”: UK critic savages Australian art exhibition’. Sydney Morning Herald OnlineMonday 23 September.

We will also be joined by a special guest, Rachael Murphy, PhD candidate, University of East Anglia.  Rachael is in Australia conducting fieldwork for her dissertation on the British reception of Indigenous Australian art 1960 to now and will be leading the discussion on this now infamous RA show. She is also assisting the British Museum with documentation for ‘the forthcoming linked exhibitions in London and Canberra based on key objects from the BM’s Australian indigenous collection. The Canberra exhibition will mark the first time these artefacts have been back in Australia’ – read more HERE.

If you have trouble getting hold of any of the readings please contact me at susan.lowish[at]unimelb.edu.au

Hope to see you there,

Susan

Next Meeting: Monday 18th November 5:00 – 6:00pm

Hi all,

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group will be held next Monday the 18th of November from 5 – 6pm in room 307 of the John Medley Building.

In recognition of the current exhibition of bark paintings from the Leonhard Adam and Donald Thomson collections at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the following short readings have been chosen:

Leonhard Adam,  “Has Australian Aboriginal Art a Future?”, Angry Penguins: Australian journal of literature and art, 1944, pp. 42 – 50.

Donald Thomson, “The Concept of ‘Marr’ in Arnhem Land’, Mankind, Vol. 10, Issue 1, June 1975, pp. 1–10.

We will also be discussing the recent issue of Broadsheet, ‘Let’s be polite about Aboriginal Art’. For more information see HERE

If you have trouble getting hold of any of the readings please contact me at susan.lowish[at]unimelb.edu.au

Hope to see you there,

Susan

Exhibition floortalk: early bark paintings from Arnhem Land

THURSDAY  14 November – 1-1.30PM

IAN POTTER MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Curator Joanna Bosse will discuss the collection histories of the remarkable bark paintings in the exhibition, which were collected by University staff Professor Donald Thomson and Dr Leonhard Adam during 1935-1950, providing insight into the circumstances and relationships that generated the production of clan designs onto bark for outsiders. Donald Thomson Collection and Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture are renowned early collections of Indigenous material culture of historical and cultural significance.

All welcome, no bookings required.

Please contact the Ian Potter Museum for more details.

http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/public-programs/current-events/prgm-date/2013-11-14/prgm/thursday-talk-transformations