Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
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Clark Center Visits Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition

Wed, November 13, 2019
Clark Center Visits Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition

On November 10, Clark Center Director Rhonda Evans took current and former Research Interns to The Menil Collection to see Mapa Wiya (Your Map’s Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art from the Fondation Opale, the first major Australian Aboriginal art exhibition held in Houston, Texas. The Clark Center delegation attended a public lecture by Paul R. Davis, Curator of Collections at The Menil Collection. Davis focused on two pieces by Kunmanara Williams (1952 - 2019), an artist who sadly did not live to attend the exhibition. Kunmanara is actually an honorific used in lieu of Williams’ first name in accordance with Aboriginal custom when referring to recently deceased persons. Williams was an artist and a political activist with longstanding involvement in the Aboriginal land right movement. Through his artwork, he engaged various themes concerning the colonial experience of Aboriginal peoples and their struggles for land rights. The exhibition is on display at The Menil Collection until 2 February 2020. For more about Williams listen here.

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