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Symposium held in conjunction with the Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye exhibition, offering insight into the story of one of Australia’s greatest contemporary artists and the desert country that inspired her work.

Emily: the impossible modernist

ABC journalist Virginia Trioli discusses the work of artist Emily Kngwarreye with Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald and National Museum curator Margo Neale. Does Emily’s work compare with modernism? Is it considered abstract expressionist?
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Presenters: Margo Neale and John McDonald with Virginia Trioli

Janet on the spot

Renowned art collector Janet Holmes à Court discusses the deeply moving work of Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye with National Museum curator Margo Neale.
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Presenters: Janet Holmes à Court with Margo Neale

Emily Kngwarreye’s practice of painting: an international perspective

Art historian Terry Smith explores how Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s work operates between the evolution of Indigenous and non-Indigenous art in Australia. He draws comparisons with the achievements of contemporary European artists.
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Presenters: Terry Smith

Japanese responses to the Emily exhibition

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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Presenters: Chiaki Ajoika, Hitomi Toku and Mayumi Uchida

New directions

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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Presenters: Gwen Horsfield and Chrischona Schmidt

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

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 Aunty Agnes Shea. [Aunty Agnes Shea has been identified with the permission of her family.]
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Presenters: Dennis Grant, Margo Neale and Aunty Agnes Shea

The impossible modernist: an ‘outsider’ view

National Museum of Art director and Emily Kame Kngwarreye exhibition curator Akira Tatehata explores the ironies of ‘the impossible modernist’ from another cultural space, as a Japanese man steeped in his own culture and an international art curator and academic.
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Presenters: Akira Tatehata

The possible modernist: an ‘insider’ view

Art historian Ian McLean offers a view based on the Australian post-colonial experience, arguing that Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s form of modernism is different from international modernism in both source and history.
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Presenters: Ian McLean

Late-style modernist: a ‘boundary rider’ view

Indigenous art curator Djon Mundine examines the art of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, drawing parallels with other late-style female artists to deepen the understanding of Emily and her work beyond the local perspective.
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Presenters: Djon Mundine

An artist first and foremost

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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Presenters: Christopher Hodges

Emily Kame Kngwarreye: her place in Australian art

Art writer and critic Susan McCulloch discusses the significance of Emily Kame Kngwarreye in 20th-century Australian art, her contribution to its development and the stylistic breakthroughs of her work.
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Presenters: Susan McCulloch

A new ritual in contemporary Aboriginal art

The art of Emily Kame Kngwarreye and the use of cultural rituals to demonstrate Aboriginal modernity is explored by curator Sally Butler. She also compares Emily’s art practices to 1970s and 1980s modernist design techniques.
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Presenters: Sally Butler

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

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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Presenters: Ann McGrath
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