OCEANS OF EXCHANGE Art, Indigeneity and the 21st Century Museum

Tuesday, December 19 - 4:09PM

Art, Indigeneity and the 21st Century Museum

Friday, February 2, 2018 | 10am – 2:30pm | Harrison/Small Auditorium, University of Virginia.

Indigenous curators, scholars and artists have increasingly sought to reframe the disciplines in which they work: disciplines which, for many years have maligned Indigenous practices by either exclusion or categorical confinement to the realms of ethnography, craft or “primitive” arts. This symposium brings together leading Indigenous artists, curators and scholars of the Australia-Pacific region to question the stakes and possibilities of these interventions. How do Indigenous attitudes towards material objects offer new ways for considering the institutions that contain them? What role can museum collections play in revitalized Indigenous practices, and how can these institutions be active participants in the process of decolonization? How can these imperial containers of objects become active tools in the re-imagining of Indigenous pasts, presents and futures.

Julie Adams, Curator, Oceania, The British Museum
Taloi Havini, Artist, Bougainville
Carol McGregor, Artist, Waithaurang/Australia
Maia Nuku, Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Visesio Siasau, Artist, Tonga

Moderator: Henry Skerritt, Curator, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

Morning tea and lunch provided. Free, please RSVP to Amanda Wagstaff at aw2pz@eservices.virginia.edu

This symposium is presented by the Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA McIntire Department of Art, the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures and UVA Department of Anthropology.