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Judith Ryan Lecture at Kluge-Ruhe • Thursday February 25, 2010

Judith Ryan, Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia will present a slide lecture at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00 pm. In The Raw and the Cooked: The Aesthetic Principle in Aboriginal Art, Ryan will discuss aesthetics and politics revealing how she looks at Aboriginal art.

In her lecture Ryan raises several common misconceptions regarding Aboriginal art. The idea that “art” is a European construct and that Aboriginal people have no word for “art” has frequently been cited in anthropological texts. She challenges labels, such as “dot painting,” which have reduced Aboriginal art to categories that misrepresent the diversity of practice.

Ryan has curated over forty exhibitions of Indigenous art and has published widely in the field. Her publications include Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert; Spirit in Land: Bark Paintings from Arnhem Land; Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley. In 2007 Ryan guest curated Power & Beauty: Indigenous art now for Heide Museum of Modern Art. She is currently working on a blockbuster exhibition Origins: Old Masters of the Western Desert to open in September 2011.

The lecture is free, but space is limited and advance reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call 434 244-0234 or email the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.