UQ Art Museum public lecture Western Desert art: another story
Dr Diana Young
Director UQ Anthropology Museum
Lecturer in the School of Social Science
The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland Art Museum
Thursday 4 October
Free. All welcome.
Refreshments will be served after the lecture
Tuesday 2 October
(07) 3365 3046
Western Desert art: another story
Kunmanara (Eileen Yaritja) Stevens
Almost all the senior APY artists recently hailed as ‘new’ have previous experience of making work to sell to strangers. Women artists worked in the craft room as young girls while the male painters made artefacts for sale. In this lecture I foreground contemporary APY artists and their own valuation of skill and knowledge as prerequisites for art making set against the demands of the art market and the paintings in the exhibition Desert Country. The material used in the lecture is drawn from various periods: art made in the present, in the late 1980s, that watershed year in Aboriginal affairs 1971, and in the early 1960s. My aim is to illuminate the trajectory of survival for a particular Western Desert ‘art school’ that periodically finds acclaim in the art market.
Diana Young is an anthropologist who carried out her doctoral fieldwork on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the late 1990s. She has continued working with Anangu. Her research originally centred on the role of novel material colours (in clothing, paints , dyes, foods, cars) in reconfiguring a colonized society. The material in this lecture is drawn from a book on the history of Ernabella Arts that she is completing, to be published by Wakefield Press. This book has been a collaborative project with Ernabella artists and has been supported by AIATSIS and the Gordon Darling Foundation. Dr Diana Young is the Director of the UQ Anthropology Museum and lectures in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland.
The exhibition Desert Country curated by Nici Cumpston continues until 21 October. Find out more http://www.artmuseum.uq.edu.au