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Crossing Cultures

The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art

September 15, 2012, through March 10, 2013
Danny Gibson Tjapaltjarri, Mukula

Danny Gibson Tjapaltjarri, Pintupi, Mukula, 2009, acrylic on canvas. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Promised gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; EL.2011.60.35. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VISCOPY, Australia 

Destiny Deacon, Last Laughs

Destiny Deacon, Ku Ku/Erub/Mer, Last Laughs, 1994, printed 2004, light jet print from Polaroid original, ed. 3/15. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Promised gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; EL.2011.60.65. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VISCOPY, Australia 

Michael Riley, Untitled (from the series cloud)

Michael Riley, Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi, Untitled (from the series cloud), 2004, inkjet print on Ilford Galerie paper, ed. 2/5. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Promised gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; EL.2011.60.59. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VISCOPY, Australia 

Pedro Wonaeamirri, Untitled

Pedro Wonaeamirri, Tiwi, Untitled, 1999, ochres on canvas. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; 2011.43.107. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VISCOPY, Australia 

Shorty Jangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa—Puyurru (Water Dreaming at Puyurru)

Shorty Jangala Robertson, Warlpiri, Ngapa Jukurrpa—Puyurru (Water Dreaming at Puyurru), 2007, acrylic on canvas. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Promised gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; EL.2011.60.45. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VISCOPY, Australia 

Walangkura Napanangka, Lupul

Walangkura Napanangka, 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 

Christian Thompson, Black Gum #2

Christian Thompson, Black Gum #2, 2007, C-type print, ed. 1/10. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Promised gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; EL.2011.60.64 © Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne 

Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru, Barramundi

Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru, Kunwinjku, about 1920–1988, Barramundi, 1980, ochres on stringybark. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Promised gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; EL.2011.60.16. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VISCOPY, Australia 

Ricky Maynard, Big River and Ben Lomond, Wik Elder, Arthur

Ricky Maynard, Big River and Ben Lomond, born 1953, Wik Elder, Arthur (from the series Returning to Places that Name Us), 2000, gelatin silver print, ed. 3/15. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Promised gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; EL.2011.60.73. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VISCOPY, Australia 

This exhibition highlights the extraordinary Owen and Wagner Collection at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, through its display of more than one hundred works of contemporary Indigenous art from Australia. These objects are by artists from outback communities as well as major metropolitan centers and span five decades of creative activity. They also represent the many art-making practices of Aboriginal peoples across the Australian continent, including acrylic paintings on linen and canvas, earthen ochre paintings on bark, board, and canvas, and sculpture in a variety of media. While the exhibition features many influential artists who have contributed to the development of an Indigenous art canon since the 1970s, the focus is squarely on subsequent generations of artists, who are breathing new life into ancient stories and broadening the possibilities of Indigenous art. The exhibition therefore also includes contemporary paintings that recall the ancestral narratives of the Dreaming as well as photographs from urban-based artists who depict the contemporary realities of Indigenous people from Australia. Resonant with cultural memory, these objects reference and reinvigorate customary iconographies, speak to the history and legacy of colonization, and affirm Robert Hughes's statement that Aboriginal art is "the last great art movement of the twentieth century."
This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and generously supported by Kate and Yaz Krehbiel, Class of 1991, Thayer 1992, Hugh J. Freund, Class of 1967, the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund, and the Philip Fowler 1927 Memorial Fund.
Curated by Stephen Gilchrist
This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and generously supported by Kate and Yaz Krehbiel, Class of 1991, Thayer 1992, Hugh J. Freund, Class of 1967, the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund, and the Philip Fowler 1927 Memorial Fund.

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