Aboriginal Art in the US


Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX

RARE FINDS: A Dream Collection of Australian Aboriginal Paintings
March 13 – May 31, 2014

Booker-Lowe is pleased to present Rare Finds, featuring contemporary paintings chosen by our colleague and respected Washington D.C. art collector Ron Acker during his travels to Aboriginal desert communities.

Rare Finds includes paintings by celebrated Indigenous women and rising artists – Lorna Fencer Napurrula, Lucy Loomoo, Gloria Petyarre, and Penny K Lyons, as well as works by William Sandy, Mayapu Elsie Thomas and Ningie Nangala.

University of Connecticut Homer Babbige Library, Plaza Gallery, Mansfield, CT

Utopia Lives: Symbolic Aboriginal Art from Australia
March 3 – June 27, 2014

Aboriginal art is based on important ancient stories (Jukurrpa) and symbols centered on ‘the Dreamtime’ – the period in which Indigenous people believe the world was created. These paintings are big and bold and represent stories that have been handed down through generations. David Glenn, a Ph.D. candidate in Public Health at the University of Connecticut, shares some of the paintings that have captured both his eye and imagination. Curated by Suzanne Zack.

Harvey Art Projects, Ketchum, ID

Nici Cumpston: attesting and having-been-there
Opens March 14

It has been a long-term goal of Cumpston to bring her work to America. Her recent series, attesting and having-been-there, have been inspired by her connection to the Murray and the Darling River Systems and her Barkindji family’s ancestral country in the desert of central western New South Wales. While Cumpston’s photographs illustrate the physical decline of this fragile ecosystem, paradoxically they reveal evidence of Indigenous occupation prior to European settlement. With an honors degree in visual art from the University of South Australia, Cumpston values art history as an informant in her work as an artist, curator and educator. She is currently the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.


Booker-Lowe Gallery
Opening Reception for Rare Finds and Didgeridoo Performance by Cameron McCarthy
Thursday, March 13, 6 – 8 pm

Join Booker-Lowe Gallery for the opening reception of their newest exhibition Rare Finds, as well as a didgeridoo performance by Cameron McCarthy, director of cultural relations at the Australian Consulate/New York. This event is sponsored by the Embassy of Australia.

Harvey Art Projects
Color Theory Film Screening and reception with Nici Cumpston
Thursday, March 13, 5 – 6 pm

Please join Harvey Art Projects USA at The Community Library in Ketchum on Thursday, March 13th from 5-6pm for an exceptional film screening of Colour Theory and the rare chance to chat with the extraordinary talent,
Nici Cumpston.

Embassy of Australia and American University
Chico Vive: The Legacy of Chico Mendes and the Global Grassroots Environmental Movement
April 4 – 6, 2014

This international environmental conference at American University in Washington D.C. will feature Australian guest speaker, Dr Joan Hendriks, and the premiere screening of a film Dreaming On: The Story of the Quandamooka People. Dr. “Aunty” Joan is a Ngugi woman of one of the three clan groups of the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay in Brisbane. The Quandamooka’s successful struggle for recognition of their traditional lands sets an example for environmental and Indigenous movements around the world. She has been a consistent advocate for the rights and education of Indigenous people, and has presented workshops locally and internationally including at the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Forum in 2004.

The documentary film Dreaming On: The Story of the Quandamooka People, which will premiere during the conference, tells the story of this aboriginal island community’s determination to retain their land and culture.
h1. 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.

in transition: Kimberly A. Christen’s blog
Kim Christen is Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies and Director of Digital Projects at the Plateau Center for American Indian Studies at Washington State University. She worked in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia over the last decade with Warumungu community members on a range of projects including a book, an interactive website, and a community archive.

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.

National Geographic – All Road’s Film Project
The All Roads Film Project is a National Geographic program dedicated to providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world to showcase their works to promote knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader, global audience.

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.