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ARHT2636: Contemporary Indigenous Art

Aboriginal and Torres Strait art is the major Australian movement of the last 50 years. Surveying its development from Papunya Tula to the present, the unit focuses on critical issues like appropriation and copyright, art and native title, women artists, the market and curatorial practices.

Code ARHT2636
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Indigenous Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the cosmological dimension of Indigenous art and the diversity of Indigenous contemporary art practice
  • LO2. relate contemporary art practice to issues of assimilation, colonisation, sovereignty, reconciliation, formulations of nationhood and alternative citizenship, intersectionality, and social justice
  • LO3. problematise the dichotomies between remote/urban, art/craft, ethnography/art, prehistory/history, traditional/contemporary
  • LO4. understand the multiple regimes of value that shape the creation and circulation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in Australia and globally
  • LO5. demonstrate knowledge of the historical reception of Indigenous art and the shifting frameworks of Indigenous museology
  • LO6. engage with works of art and discuss them in relation to art historical, critical, political, and theoretical interpretations of Aboriginal art
  • LO7. demonstrate skills in critical reading, writing, and thinking.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.