Aboriginal Art in the US

Exhibitions




Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

The Paruku Project: Art & Science in Aboriginal Australia
June 21 – December 7, 2014

Paruku is the region in Australia’s Western Desert that surrounds the inland body of water known to settlers as Lake Gregory. The local Aboriginal people — approximately 150 men and women who are referred to as the “Traditional Owners” of Paruku — live in the nearby settlement of Mulan. The unique cultural and environmental values of Paruku led the Australian government to declare it an Indigenous Protected Area, or IPA, in 2001.

The Paruku Project was a two-year effort consisting of teams of scientists, artists, and writers working in this Aboriginal desert community, one of the poorest and most remote in Australia. The first task of the teams was to assess current conditions. They found an environment severely stressed by invasive species and a culture slowly losing its identity. The second task was to design and implement cross-cultural and transformational responses to these conditions, many of which involved artmaking.






Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX

A5: 7th Annual Affordable Australian Aboriginal Art Show
July 12 – September 6, 2014

2014 A5 opens during NAIDOC Week (6-13 July), an Australia-wide celebration of indigenous cultures. NAIDOC originally stood for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, founded in the 1960s. At BLG, we’ll be flying the national, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islands flags in honor of the occasion!






Harvey Art Projects, Ketchum, ID

Ernabella Artists: Pilanypa / Place
August 28 – September 30, 2014

This exhibition celebrates the rich cultural histories of the Anangu people through a selection of paintings from the most heralded artists of the region. Pilanypa is a place name which holds important ancestral information for many of the artists currently exhibiting work at the art center located in Ernabella. Ernabella Arts Inc. emerged out of a women’s craft group of the late 1940s and has been operating continuously since 1948. For the first twenty eight years artists worked almost exclusively with wool, spinning and weaving it, and making hand-pulled floor rugs incorporating their own unique walka (designs). More recently artists have worked across a wide range of other mediums including ceramics, silkscreen printing, batik, puny (wood carving) and painting. Painting styles went through radical developments from 2002 and Ernabella painting now encompasses subjects drawn from Tjukurpa (the eternal Creation stories); mai putitja (bush food stories) and elements of the early and unique anapalyaku walka (Ernabella style).




Events

Harvey Art Projects
Gallery Walk Opening Reception
Friday, August 29, 5 – 8 pm

Please join Harvey Art Projects USA for a reception to open Ernabella Artists: Pilanypa / Place.





Resources

Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye
Readings, reviews, and reflections by an American observer of Australian Indigenous art, culture, politics, anthropology, music, and literature.

The Kelton Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Kelton Foundation promotes the stewardship, enhancement and understanding of art, maritime history and man’s relationship with the sea through its collections of maritime art, navigational instruments, China Trade art and objects, Pacific ethnographic materials, Australian Aboriginal art and other fine and ethnographic art related to these fields.

Womba World: Angelina Hurley’s blog
Womba (an Australian Aboriginal word for crazy, mad, insane) World is simply a commentary on the world through the eyes of an Australian Aboriginal woman. An Indigenous point of view. Indigenous people view and relate to the world differently; in a unique and humorous way. This is my life.