Dreaming of Country

March 6, 2004, through August 29, 2004
Painting, Place, and People in Australia



Temporary Exhibitions, Gutman Gallery


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.

Exhibition Curator

Barbara Thompson

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Exhibition subject: Oceania