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Oceanic Art Society Forum

Aboriginal and Pacific art: collections and artists, then and now

Coinciding with new displays of Indigenous Australian and Pacific art in the Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of NSW, this 3-day forum will focus on how collections of art from the region have been formed, shaped and defined—and how they continue to evolve. Join us for talks by curators and archivists, performances by Pacific Islander singers and a program of films from the Australian Film and Sound Archive.

Day 1: Friday 1 February, 8.30am–5pm (Australian Museum)

  • The New Musem: Through the eyes of the Holosa from Komunive, Dr. Michael Mel
  • Old Collections, new opportunities: creating a new museum and cultural precinct for the University of Sydney, David Ellis, Director of Museums at the University of Sydney
  • Art and aesthetics of the Sepik / Ramu: Papua New Guinea, Crispin Howarth, curator for Pacific Arts, NGA
  • Special guest speaker: Jonathan Jones

Day 2: Saturday 2 February, 10am–4pm (Art Gallery of NSW)

  • Expanding the visual canon: Oceanic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1969 – 2019), Maia Nuku
  • Discussing Tuckson: the abstract sublime, Denise Mimmocchi, senior curator of Australian art, AGNSW
  • The singular vision of Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Cara Pinchbeck, curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, AGNSW
  • Discussing Melanesian art: redux, Natalie Wilson, curator, Australian & Pacific art, AGNSW
  • Panel discussion: Institutions, curators and artists as collectors



Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm
Wednesdays, 10am to 10pm

Friday 1 February to Saturday 2 February 2019


Full program: $220.00
Full program (member): $180.00
Single day pass: $110.00
Single day pass (member): $90.00

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