Wild Yam Dreaming

Wednesday, 15 March 2006 - 5:00pm6:30pm

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Wild Yam Dreaming

Aboriginals Painting Country

Pamela McClusky

Curator of African and Oceanic Art
Seattle Art Museum

Aboriginal communities in Australia continue the oldest ongoing artistic tradition on earth, producing what art critic Robert Hughes has called the "last great art movement of the 20th century." Contemporary aboriginal works resemble nothing so much as modern abstractionist painting. Yet what looks like abstraction is actually filled with exacting representation of daily existence and sacred meaning. Since such references are not obvious to outsiders, each painting is decoded through documentation. Seattle Art Museum Curator Pamela McClusky describes the unique visual-verbal interplay in Australian aboriginal art.

Dr. Peggy Sanday, Penn Museum Consulting Curator and curator of the Museum's 2004-05 popular exhibition "Track of the Rainbow Serpent: Australian Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater," will introduce the speaker. A selection of paintings from "Rainbow Serpent," and a short video from that show, will be on view before and after the talk.

Presented by the Penn Humanities Forum and University of Pennsylvania Museum

Poster image: Red Rock (Ngaimangaima) by Daisy Kungah from Billiluna, commissioned in 2002. Photo: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Reproduction prohibited in any form without permission.