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Aboriginal Australian Art Exhibition at Toledo Museum of Art Opens with Panel Discussion, Party and Other Special Events


The first major exhibition of Aboriginal Australian art in this region in more than a quarter century opens to the public April 12, 2013 at the Toledo Museum of Art.


Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art from the Hood Museum of Art features 120 works of contemporary Indigenous art from Australia. Free and open to the public, the exhibition is on view April 12–July 14, 2013 in the Museum’s Canaday Gallery.


A number of special programs are being offered in conjunction with the exhibition, including a panel from 3–5 p.m. April 11 in the Little Theater. The panel will feature exhibition curator Stephen Gilchrist of the Hood Museum of Art, art collector Will Owen and Margo Smith, director and curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Collection at the University of Virginia. Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy will moderate a discussion of Aboriginal Australian art in the context of Western aesthetics.


A live webcast of the discussion will be provided by Toledo public television station WGTE-TV, Channel 30, through Knowledge Stream. Knowledge Stream is the station’s online archive of free, searchable video-on-demand and multimedia content. The live webcast is being made possible by a grant to the station from the Appold Family Trust.

Photo Credit: Craig Koomeeta (Wik-Alkan, born 1977, Aurukun, West Cape,
Far North Queensland), Freshwater Crocodile, 2002. Ochres
and acrylic on milkwood, 134 x 22 cm. Promised Gift of Will
Owen and Harvey Wagner; EL.2011.60.47
© 2013 Graig Koomeeta

Shorty Jangala Robertson (Warlpiri, born c.1935, Yuendumu,

Western Desert, Northern Territory), Ngapa Jukurrpa –

Puyurru (Water Dreaming at Puyurru), 2007. Acrylic on

canvas, 183 x 122 cm. Promised Gift of Will Owen and

Harvey Wagner; EL.2011.60.45. © 2013 Artist Rights Society

(ARS), New York/VISCOPY, Australia


The acrylic paintings on canvas, earthen ochre paintings on bark, sculpture and photography shown—most created since the year 2000—represent the many Aboriginal peoples across the Australian continent. Organized by the Hood Museum of Art, the Toledo showing is made possible by TMA members with the support of the Ohio Arts Council through a sustainability grant from the National Endowment of Arts.


A companion catalog is available for purchase through the Museum Store (http://tmastore.org/). Admission to the Museum and to Crossing Cultures is free.

Summary of Related Events:
FREE Panel Discussion: Aboriginal Art and Western Aesthetics
April 11: 3–5 p.m. | Little Theater
Stephen Gilchrist is curator of the Crossing Cultures exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art. He is joined by Will Owen, one of the collectors of the artworks in the show, and others to discuss Aboriginal art in the context of Western aesthetics. Moderated by Brian Kennedy.

Opening Party: Crossing Cultures
April 11: 6:30–9:30 p.m. | Main Museum
Celebrate the exhibition opening with Australian-themed music, food, décor, and more. Members free, nonmembers $20 at the door.

FREE Crossing Cultures Special Tours
Canaday Gallery
April 12: 7 p.m.: Led by curator Stephen Gilchrist
April 13: 2 p.m.: Led by collector Will Owen

FREE Film: Art+Soul
April 20: 1 p.m. | Little Theater


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