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Dreaming Their Way

AliceNampitjinsmall Dorothysmall Emilysmall Gabriellasmall MitjiliNapurrusmall

Australian Aboriginal Women Painters

October 7 - December 10, 2006

The first-ever exhibition of its kind in the United States, Dreaming Their Way features intensely colorful canvases and intricate bark paintings by thirty-three Indigenous female artists from across the Australian continent. The paintings demonstrate these women's bold and often experimental interpretations of their cultural heritage. Works from renowned artists such as Dorothy Napangardi and the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye express the Indigenous relationship to the land, understanding of the world, and sense of obligation to their culture. Collectively, these works will encourage visitors to view contemporary Australian Indigenous art as one of the great art movements of our time.

This exhibition was organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Its presentation at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, is generously funded by the George O. Southwick 1957 Memorial Fund, the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund, and the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund.

See the exhibition at the Hood! QuickTime gallery panoramas

To listen to an interview with Australian Indigenous art scholar Franchesca Cubillo about the exhibition, click here.

To learn more about the art and artists, visit the links below.

Aboriginal Art

Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres

Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists

To read the full press release, click here.

Exhibition Events

11 October, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Opening Lecture and Keynote Address
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
EMERGENCE OF AN ABORIGINAL FINE ART MARKET IN AUSTRALIA
Fred Myers, Silver Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, New York University
A reception will follow in Kim Gallery.

12 October, Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Conference
105 Dartmouth Hall
INDIGENOUS ART IN AUSTRALIA TODAY: VIEWS FROM CURATORS, COLLECTORS, AND SCHOLARS

Morning Session, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WELCOME
Brian Kennedy, Director
DREAMING THEIR WAY: MAKING AN EXHIBITION
Britta Konau, Curator, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and curator of the exhibition Dreaming Their Way
DIVERSITY AND CHANGE IN AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL ART
Margo W. Smith, Director and Curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville
WALKING TOUR OF DREAMING THEIR WAY
Will Owen, Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Collector of Australian Indigenous Art

Afternoon Session, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
SOVEREIGNTY AND LAND RIGHTS IN NATIVE AMERICA: THE KEY ISSUES
Dale A. Turner, Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and Government
STEALING POWER: ABORIGINAL ART, IDENTITY, AND RIGHTS OF SELF-DETERMINATION
N. Bruce Duthu, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School and Visiting Professor of Government and Native American Studies

21 October, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Introductory Tour of Dreaming their Way

22 October, Sunday, 12:00 noon ­ 5:00 p.m.
Family Day
Ancient Stories, Modern Paintings
Explore ancient stories told through colorful contemporary paintings and hear fascinating music at this Dreaming Their Way family program. In the gallery, use a written guide, puzzles, and other resources to learn about the paintings, which draw upon ancient stories—or Dreamings—and symbols, as well as each artist's deep connection to the land. In the studio, create a painting inspired by your own connection to where you live. Vermont musician Pitz Quattrone will perform on the Indigenous didgeridoo at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The museum exploration, art activity, and performance are free. For children ages 6 to 12 and their adult companions. No pre-registration required. For information, call (603) 646-1469.

24 October, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
Second-Floor Galleries
Lunchtime Gallery Talk
HIDDEN MEANINGS IN AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL PAINTINGS
Kirk Endicott, Professor of Anthropology

1 November, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Lecture
IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: CONTEMPORARY INDIGENOUS ART IN AUSTRALIA
Brian Kennedy, Director

5 November, Sunday, 2:00 ­ 4:30 P.M.
Teen Workshop
Painting Your Story
This workshop is designed for young adults ages 14 to 18. In the museum, participants will look at paintings created by contemporary Aboriginal artists, many of which refer to ancient stories, or Dreamings, that are very meaningful to the artists. Then, in the studio, participants will create paintings on canvas that refer to stories that are important in their own lives. Enrollment is limited to fifteen and the workshop is free. Call (603) 646-1469 for more information or to register.

8 November, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Live Teleconference
Françoise Dussart, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at The University of Connecticut will be speaking wit artists in the remote Australian community of Yuendumu at the Warlukurlangu Art center via video teleconference. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear indigenous artists' perspectives!

15 November, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Adult Workshop
What's the Story?
This discussion-based tour of selected works in Dreaming Their Way is designed for adults who would like to learn more about contemporary Aboriginal paintings and the stories and events to which they refer. The conversational approach of the workshop is designed to help participants increase their skills, confidence, and enjoyment in exploring contemporary art. Participation limited to sixteen. Pre-registration required by calling the museum's education department at (603) 646-1469.

18 November, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Introductory Tour of Dreaming Their Way

28 November, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
Second-Floor Galleries
Lunchtime Gallery Talk
THE LADIES OF HERMANNSBURG: PAINTING AND POTTERY IN THE CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN DESERT
Barbara Thompson, Curator of African, Oceanic, and Native American Collections

1 December, Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and Tour of Dreaming Their Way
Robert Kaplan, attorney and member of the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Art Museum, and Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Washington; distinguished collectors of Australian Indigenous Art

9 December, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Introductory Tour of Dreaming Their Way

 

Last Updated: 10/8/08