Anthropology’s Myers to Deliver Dean’s Lecture on the Predicament of Aboriginal Painting, Sept. 17


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

Fred Myers, Silver Professor and chair of New York University’s Department of Anthropology, will deliver “Showing Too Much, Showing Too Little: The Predicament of Aboriginal Painting in Central Australia,” on Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 102, 100 Washington Square East (at Washington Place). Enter at 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place (wheelchair accessible). Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); R, W (8th Street).

The lecture explores 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. The event, sponsored by the Dean’s Office of NYU’s College of Arts and Science, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212.998.8100.

This lecture is co-sponsored by NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and the Department of Anthropology. It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Icons of the Desert: Early Aboriginal Paintings from Papunya,” at Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 100 Washington Square East, on view through December 5.

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