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Panel Discussion

Walangkura Napanangka, Kintore/Pintupi, Lupul, 2005, acrylic on canvas

Walangkura Napanangka, Kintore/Pintupi, Lupul, 2005, acrylic on canvas. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; 2009.92.321. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VISCOPY, Australia.

Together Alone: Politics of Indigeneity and Culture in Australia

Friday, September 21, 2012, 3:00–5:30 PM
Hood Museum of Art Auditorium
Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art. The exhibition opening reception will follow in the galleries from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The exhibition, panel, and reception are free and open to all.

The historic separation of art and anthropology justified a disciplinary monopolization of knowledge that stood apart from integrated ways of Indigenous knowing. The speakers on this panel—Indigenous curators, artists, lawyers, activists, and art historians—will represent and blur these disciplinary boundaries by sharing their views on the particular complexities of Indigenous identity politics both in and beyond the twenty-first century. The panel will facilitate understanding of the cultural diversity, technical sophistication, and aesthetic power of Indigenous art from Australia. During the reception following the panel, Hetti Perkins's pathbreaking video art+soul will be playing continuously from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Hood Museum of Art Auditorium.


Brenda L. Croft is from the Gurindji people and is Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Stephen Gilchrist is Curator of Indigenous Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art.

Sonia Smallacombe is from the Maramanindji people and is the Social Affairs Officer, Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations.

Christian Thompson is from the Bidjara people and is a visual and performance artist and doctoral candidate at Oxford University, United Kingdom.

Organized by the Hood Museum of Art and cosponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Museum Lecture Series Fund, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, the Dickey Center for International Understanding, and Native American Studies.

Last Updated: 9/14/12