​Friday 20 July
6.30pm—​8.00pm
 
Join UQ Art Museum for a No Lights, No Lycra event.

Immerse yourself in the ecstasy of dance. Spend 90 minutes dancing like there’s no one watching while listening to the skilful selection of music from artist and DJ Chris Bennie. The lights are low enough so you can move as you please, uninhibited.

(Despite the name, casual workout clothing (including Lycra) is permitted!

Jason Wing
Captain James Crook 2013 
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2013

Saturday, July 28, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, November 11, 2018 (All day)

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

28 July – 11 November 2018

“We defy: By existing; By determining our identity; By asserting our histories; our culture; our language; By telling our stories, our way; By being one of the oldest continuous living cultures in the world." – Tina Baum, NGA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art 

Bringing together works by 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country, Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal people as Australians for the first time. It highlights the strength and resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism in the present day. 

TONY ALBERT | BROOK ANDREW | SEBASTIAN ARROW | DANIEL BOYD | MAREE CLARKE | MEGAN COPE | BRENDA L. CROFT | KARLA DICKENS | BLAK DOUGLAS | FIONA FOLEY | JULIE GOUGH | LOLA GREENO | DALE HARDING | SANDRA HILL | JONATHAN JONES | RAY KEN | YVONNE KOOLMATRIE | NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI | ARCHIE MOORE | LAURIE NONA | RUSTY PETERS | REKO RENNIE | BRIAN ROBINSON | YHONNIE SCARCE | KEN THAIDAY SR | JUDY WATSON | VICKI WEST | JASON WING | PEDRO WONAEAMIRRI | RAYMOND ZADA


Issues of identity, racism, displacement, Country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the Stolen Generations are explored through many media: from painting on canvas and bark, to weaving and sculpture, and video, prints, photography, metalwork and glasswork.

This major survey exhibition celebrates the continued excellence and diversity of Indigenous practice today.

Opening

Friday 27 July 6.15 for 6.30 pm

To be opened by
Professor Bronwyn Fredericks
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)

RSVP by Monday 23 July 

Public Programs

A morning with Tina Baum, curator, Defying Empire and artist Yhonnie Scarce  
Saturday 28 July 11.00 am
Join curator Tina Baum for a tour of Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial. Get the inside scoop on Tina’s process in selecting artworks to create this thought-provoking exhibition. Hear what artist Yhonnie Scarce  has to say about her own processes in making the artwork displayed in Defying Empire. On-the-spot prizes for the most interesting and thought provoking questions. More

Occupation: Native​ Screening
Thursday 2 August 3.00 pm
As part of the 2018 UQ NAIDOC Arts, Music and Culture Festival The UQ Art Museum and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit present Occupation: Native. This powerful and entertaining film divulges into Australia’s one-sided white history. Through Trisha Morton-Thomas’ perspective, Occupation: Native highlights what has been missing from Australian history books. More

2018 UQ Naidoc Music Culture Art Festival
Thursday 2 August 3.00 pm 
The UQ NAIDOC Music Culture Art Festival will be held at UQ St Lucia Campus on Thursday the 2nd of August 2018. We invite you to join with us to celebrate this year’s theme, “Because of her, we can” with talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers, artists, dancers and 98.9FM Wild Black Women. Heading up the music line-up is Baker Boy, Yolungu hip hop sensation, with Tia Gostelow and Benny Walker. Food trucks, arts, crafts and much more will available on the lawns and Art Museum. More.


Media

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    Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial is a National Gallery of Australia Exhibition.

              

    The National Gallery of Australia acknowledges funding support from the Visions of Australia touring and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Programs, both Australian Government programs aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

    This exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of
     

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    Image

James Tylor
Unresettling (Stone Tidal Fish Trap) 2016
from the series 'Unresettling (Hauntings)'
hand-coloured digital print on paper, edition 2/5
41 x 41 cm
Collection of the University of Queensland, purchased 2017.
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne. 
Photo: Carl Warner

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, August 5, 2018 (All day)

10 March – 5 August 2018
 

Taking as its point of departure Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast 1968–1969, in site: process, performance, documentation juxtaposes Australian experimental art practice from the 1960s and 1970s with more recent artworks that explore related ideas. Performative, site-specific or conceptually based, many of the works engage with the landscape through documented interventions that connect to environmental, political, or artistic concerns.

Included are photographic series such as Tim Johnson’s ‘Fittings, Megalong Valley’ 1971 and James Tylor’s ‘Unresettling (Hauntings)’ 2016, Bonita Ely’s etching Life is full of situations 1978, and Robert MacPherson’s installed series of cut wash tubs GILGAI: RAIN, AND SIX KINDS OF RAIN, SEVEN FROG POEMS FOR CLEMENT WRAGGE 1990–1991. The exhibition responds thematically to Robert Smithson: Time Crystals, which will be displayed concurrently in the upstairs galleries. 

DAVE HULLFISH BAILEY | IAN BURN | TIM BURNS | CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE | NICI CUMPSTON | BONITA ELY | ANNE FERRAN | SHAUN GLADWELL | CLAIRE HEALY AND SEAN CORDEIRO | TIM JOHNSON | ROSEMARY LAING | ROBERT MACPHERSON | CLIVE MURRAY-WHITE | GLEN O’MALLEY | MIKE PARR | TIM SILVER | DARREN SIWES | JAMES TYLOR

Curators: Michele Helmrich and Samantha Littley


Public Programs

Clive Murray-White Smokework  
Friday 9 March 5.45 pm

Please join us for the restaging of Clive Murray-White’s Smokework (previously titled Smokebomb sculpture) 1971 on the lawn in front of the Forgan-Smith Tower, adjacent to the UQ Art Museum. More

Saturday 10 March 12 noon
Exhibition co-curator Michele Helmrich in conversation with artists Clive Murray-White and Glen O’Malley. RSVP