Showing Too Much, Showing Too Little: The Predicament of Aboriginal Painting in Central Australia

In conjunction with the exhibition Icons of the Desert: Early Aboriginal Paintings from Papunya

In this Dean’s Lecture, Fred Myers, Silver Professor and Chair of Anthropology, NYU, will discuss a fundamental predicament of Indigenous acrylic painting in Central Australia: While the artists seek to present their deep understandings of the world, their own protocols are part of a tradition of restricted revelation. He will consider the implications of this predicament for the continued exhibition of privately and publicly held objects.

Dean’s Lecture. Sponsored by NYU’s College of Arts and Science and co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and Art History, Center for Religion and Media, and Grey Art Gallery.

Starts 9/17/09 6:30 pm
Ends 9/17/09 8:30 pm
Participants Fred Myers
Location Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East


Program Types: Lecture