When: Sep 9 to Oct 14, 2007
Where: Hearst Art Gallery
What: The exhibition includes 45 paintings, photographs and extensive wall text. The works are from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art at the University of Virginia, established to promote learning about Australian Aborigine arts and culture through a program of collection management, exhibitions, education, research and publication. Contemporary painting from Balgo, a western desert region, is adapted from traditional mark-making practices in sand drawing and painting, and body and sacred object painting. The works illustrate episodes of "The Dreaming," the time of creation when powerful ancestral beings created the world and everything in it. Balgo artists aim to retain and pass on traditional religious knowledge and Aborigine culture. Much of the meaning of the vibrant and elegant images, symbols and patterns in Aborigine painting is sacred and secret to the non-initiated viewer.
Sponsor: Hearst Art Gallery
Contact: Call (925) 631-4379 or go to gallery.stmarys-ca.edu for more information.
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