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An artist first and foremost

Christopher Hodges, Utopia Art Sydney

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Artist and gallery owner Christopher Hodges, who had a close association with Emily Kame Kngwarreye, affirms her position as an abstract artist and provides insights into how her thinking was reflected in the Emily exhibition in Japan.

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New directions

Gwen Horsfield and Chrischona Schmidt, Australian National University

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Chrischona Schmidt examines Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s role as painter in the community of Utopia and Gwen Horsfield looks at Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale 1978-2007, where Emily was one of the featured Australian artists.

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye: her place in Australian art

Susan McCulloch

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art writer and critic Susan McCulloch discusses the significance of Emily Kame Kngwarreye in twentieth-century Australian art, her contribution to its development and the stylistic breakthroughs of her work.

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‘Why do those fellas paint like me …?’ Emily Kame Kngwarreye symposium welcome and introduction

Dennis Grant, Dr Margo Neale and Agnes Shea

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

The National Museum’s Margo Neale and Dennis Grant welcome participants to the Emily Kame Kngwarreye symposium, for the exchange of cultural perspectives by Australian and Japanese speakers. Includes a welcome by Ngunnawal elder Agnes Shea.

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Japanese responses to the Emily exhibition

Chiaki Ajoika, Hitomi Toku and Mayumi Uchida

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art historian Chiaki Ajoika, Aboriginal art consultant Mayumi Uchida and Australian Embassy official Hitomi Toku discuss Japanese responses to the Osaka and Tokyo exhibitions of Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s work, with Ronin Films managing director Andrew Pike.

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Emily as located historian: the Camel Lady narrates a history of discovery without 1788

Professor Ann McGrath, Australian National University

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Historian Ann McGrath discusses paintings as agents of history, bringing history into the present. She looks at the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye to investigate how paintings tell different stories depending on where they are presented.

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George Reid: a journey through three parliaments

Dr Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 13 August 2008

Curator Martha Sear discusses objects in the National Historical Collection that once belonged to Sir George Reid, a key figure in Australia’s Federation-era political history. Reid’s story features in the Australian Journeys gallery.

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biography, collection, exhibition, journeys, migration, politics

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‘If it wasn’t for them …’ – remembering the activists of the 1920s and 1930s

June Barker, Esther Carroll, Olive Campbell, Barbara McDonogh, Suzanne Ingram, Professor John Maynard, Barbara Nicholson and Dianne O'Brien

9 July 2008

Historian John Maynard leads an informal discussion with some of the original political activists from the Indigenous protests of the 1920s and 1930s, as part of the National Museum’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the 1938 Day of Mourning.

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indigenous, politics, women

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Moving stories: women’s lives, British women and the postwar Australian dream

Professor Alistair Thomson, Monash University

Historical Interpretation series, 9 July 2008

Oral historian Alistair Thomson explores the experience of migration to Australia in the 1950s and 1960s, through the eyes and life stories of four British women, during his time as a Director’s Fellow at the National Museum of Australia.

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From Makassar to Marege to the Museum

Alison Mercieca, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 7 July 2008

Curator Alison Mercieca tells the story of the Macassan trepang, or sea slug, industry. She considers the places connected by the Macassan voyagers from Indonesia and looks at the archaeological traces left on the Arnhem Land coast.

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