1967 CELEBRATION

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.01.17

As mentioned in my commentary on Vernon Ah Kee's 'Not an Animal or a Plant' exhibition, this year's Sydney Festival is taking early advantage of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which officially acknowledged Ah Kee's humanity – and that of all Aboriginal Australians. While the visual artist's work is primarily political, the concert '1967 : Music in the Key of Yes' sounded as though it was going to be one long celebration offered by the musical cream amongst the beneficiaries of the Referendum – names like Dan Sultan, Leah Flanagan, Ursula Yovich and Yirrmal Marika – all of whom even I have heard of! But how to frame that celebration? Was there music that helped the cause in 1967; or did Aboriginal musicians have to feel the benefits of their Referendum win before they could make their own music? Would the current generation of singers be able to identify with iconic anthems like Black Boy, My Brown Skin Baby, Took The Children Away and From Little Things Big Things Grow? And how to remind their peers in the audience what the issues were before, during and after the Referendum? I wish I could say it was obvious how these issues had been thought through. But the fact that the packed Concert Hall audience went wild at the end having remained merely polite through the 17-number show suggests to me that they came wanting to give cathartically but were denied by a muddled, un-MCed presentation that mostly mixed perfectly competent music performance with imagery from around 1967 that got stranger and less comprehensible as the night went on. Where did the Klu Klux Klan come in? Or all those white make-up ads and men shaving? Even at the beginning, we'd seen town camp scenes that hinted at their squalor» Read More

 

THE SEASON

THE SEASON

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.01.17

Readers of AAD should be familiar with the evocative photos of Ricky Maynard, the Tasmanian Aboriginal who introduced us to the world of Birding – the annual tradition of heading for the Bass Strait islands (where many Tassie Aboriginal people...» Read More

 

ART & POLITICS

ART & POLITICS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.01.17

Two major art exhibitions have opened in Sydney – one by a Western art-trained Aboriginal artist and one by an untrained Sri Lankan-born criminal – and both turn for their success or failure on politics. For, of course, Myuran Sukumaran...» Read More

 

Fate of AAMU and its Collection

Fate of AAMU and its Collection

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 11.01.17

The AAD has had an opportunity to interview Dr Georges Petitjean, AAMU Curator. Our first question to him was, what will happen to the AAMU Permanent Collection? GP: We hope to find another museum or institution to take over the...» Read More

 

National Gallery's Quinquennial Announced

National Gallery's Quinquennial Announced

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.01.17

On 5th December, the National Gallery of Australia quietly announced its program for 2017 – so quietly that I (and, I suspect, most other journalists) totally failed to notice the revival of their series of Indigenous Triennials. As these exhibitions...» Read More

 

Utrecht's AAMU to Close

Utrecht's AAMU to Close

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 22.12.16

The only museum in Europe to focus exclusively on contemporary Australian Aboriginal art will close mid-2017 as its private funding comes to an end. Utrecht's AAMU Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art opened in March 2001 and has held two exhibitions...» Read More

 

Nuclear Dating for Rock Art

Nuclear Dating for Rock Art

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.12.16

A new technique, developed at ANSTO’s Centre for Accelerator Science, has made it possible to produce some of the first reliable radiocarbon dates for Australian rock art in a study just published online in The Journal of Archaeological Science Reports....» Read More

 

Melbourne Does Indigenous

Melbourne Does Indigenous

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.12.16

Overnight, Melbourne is the centre of the Australian Indigenous universe with two substantial shows opening today - one of them a first-ever appearance of Aboriginal art at the defiantly non-Indigenous Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). One has to ask,...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Event

ART & POLITICS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.01.17

Two major art exhibitions have opened in Sydney – one by a Western art-trained Aboriginal artist and one by an untrained Sri Lankan-born criminal – and both turn for their success or failure on politics. For, of course, Myuran Sukumaran...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

Fate of AAMU and its Collection

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 11.01.17

The AAD has had an opportunity to interview Dr Georges Petitjean, AAMU Curator. Our first question to him was, what will happen to the AAMU Permanent Collection? GP: We hope to find another museum or institution to take over the...» Read More

Events: Event

LOTS HAPPENING

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.09.15

So much news to share with you, I'm having to collate it all into a single story: 1. The Istanbul Biennial is about to hit the headlines as Sydney's last Biennale did – with action by the artists involved in...» Read More

Events: Event

Details of Exciting New Tarnanthi Festival

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.15

More than 300 artists from across Australia will showcase work in TARNANTHI (pronounced TAR-nan-dee), the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, right across Adelaide from 8 -18 October - with exhibitions continuing at the SA Art...» Read More

 

 


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