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Dreaming of Country

Painting, Place, and People in Australia

March 06, 2004, through December 05, 2004
The epic narratives of the Dreaming, the genesis of land and humanity, comprise the most powerful means of organizing, understanding, and reconstituting the significance of place and people in Australian Aboriginal societies. This exhibition features eleven contemporary Aboriginal paintings depicting stories from the Dreaming. In these abstract works, desert artists evoke the connection between land and visual narrative in order to convey and preserve cultural heritage, identity, and knowledge despite two hundred years of oppressive settler governance and alienation from their homelands.
This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and curated by Barbara Thompson. It is made possible by the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund.
Curated by Barbara Thompson, Curator of African, Oceanic, and Native American Collections
Hood Museum