Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, "Pattern in Sand," 1980, acrylic on composition board. Gift of Maria T. Kluge, 2012. © estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd.
Michael Nelson Jagamara, "Five Stories," 1984, acrylic on canvas. On loan from an anonymous private collection. © the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Installation image of the exhibition :Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia" at the Asia Society Galleries in New York in 1988. Image courtesy the Asia Society.
The "Beyond Dreamings" exhibition currently on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA.
Nine UVA graduate students curated the "Beyond Dreamings" exhibition, currently on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA.
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Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, "Pattern in Sand," 1980, acrylic on composition board. Gift of Maria T. Kluge, 2012. © estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd.
Michael Nelson Jagamara, "Five Stories," 1984, acrylic on canvas. On loan from an anonymous private collection. © the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Installation image of the exhibition :Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia" at the Asia Society Galleries in New York in 1988. Image courtesy the Asia Society.
The "Beyond Dreamings" exhibition currently on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA.
Nine UVA graduate students curated the "Beyond Dreamings" exhibition, currently on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA.
Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, "Pattern in Sand," 1980, acrylic on composition board. Gift of Maria T. Kluge, 2012. © estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd.
Michael Nelson Jagamara, "Five Stories," 1984, acrylic on canvas. On loan from an anonymous private collection. © the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Installation image of the exhibition :Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia" at the Asia Society Galleries in New York in 1988. Image courtesy the Asia Society.
The "Beyond Dreamings" exhibition currently on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA.
Nine UVA graduate students curated the "Beyond Dreamings" exhibition, currently on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA.

Beyond Dreamings Symposium

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

The 1988 exhibition Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia at the Asia Society Galleries in New York catapulted Aboriginal art onto the world stage. Dreamings was the first major introduction of Aboriginal art to American audiences and represented a major turning point in its international reception. Anthropologist Fred Myers describes it as the moment when “Aboriginal art emphatically became “fine art.” Dreamings also signaled a radical shift in the ways Indigenous artists and communities were represented in the modern museum. This symposium celebrates three decades since Dreamings, reconsidering its historical moment and examining its legacies. Speakers include artists, curators, art historians, anthropologists and critics who will consider the future of contemporary Indigenous Australian art in the post-Dreamings era.

SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 21, Harrison Small Auditorium

5:00 pm: Keynote, Aboriginal Art Over the Last 30 Years with Indigenous Curator Djon Mundine

Friday, February 22, Harrison Small Auditorium

9:30 am: Coffee and refreshments

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: When Aboriginal Art Became Fine Art, with John Carty, Peter Sutton, Françoise Dussart, Chris Anderson and Fred Myers.

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Indigenous Australian Art in Contemporary Art Discourse, with Terry Smith, Maia Nuku and Henry F. Skerritt

5:30 – 7:00 pm: Reception at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA (note that this event is in a different location, a 20 minute drive from Harrison Small Auditorium)

Saturday, February 23, Kluge-Ruhe Collection

10:30 am: A special program, soon to be announced.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

CHRIS ANDERSON  Principal at Yirri Global and Senior Advisor Acorn International

JOHN CARTY  Head of Humanities, South Australian Museum, and Professor of Anthropology, University of Adelaide

FRANÇOISE DUSSART  Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut

DJON MUNDINE OAM  Indigenous Australian curator, writer, artist and activist (Bandjalung)

FRED MYERS  Silver Professor of Anthropology, New York University

MAIA NUKU  Evelyn A.J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art (Maori – Ngai Tai), Metropolitan Museum of Art

HENRY F. SKERRITT  Curator of the Indigenous Arts of Australia, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA

TERRY SMITH  Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Pittsburgh

MARGO SMITH AM  Director of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA

PETER SUTTON  Curator, anthropologist and Senior Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

 

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