Lecture by Ian McLean on Indigenous Art: Can It Be Contemporary Without Already Being Modern? A Lecture by Ian McLean

Thursday, October 5 - 6:00PM

In Australia, Indigenous art burst on the Australian contemporary art scene in the 1980s without ever having been modern. It seemingly jumped from the category of primitive art to contemporary art, overnight catapulting some individuals from the pre-modern to the contemporary. One man, Warlimpirrgna Tjapaltjarri, walked out of the desert from a hunter-gatherer existence in 1984 and straight into the life of a professional artist. How can this phenomenon be explained? Ian McLean is the Hugh Ramsey Chair of Australian Art History at the University of Melbourne and the Senior Research Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Wollongong. This lecture is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed. Second Street Gallery is located at 115 2nd Street SE in downtown Charlottesville; parking is available on the street or in the Water Street Parking Garage.