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Culture warriors : education and awareness at the Inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial organized by the National Gallery of Australia, 2007-2009

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Culture warriors : education and awareness at the Inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial organized by the National Gallery of Australia, 2007-2009

Péron, Marie (2010) Culture warriors : education and awareness at the Inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial organized by the National Gallery of Australia, 2007-2009. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis discusses the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors organized and hosted by the National Gallery of Australia and provides a critical analysis of the National Indigenous Art Triennial: Educational Resource that accompanied the exhibition. The aim of this discussion and analysis is to identify elements from the educational program at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) that effectively increase knowledge and appreciation of Indigenous art at the Gallery. The premise behind my analysis consists of the possibility and feasibility of using similar educational programs in a Canadian context. Using an exploratory approach, this thesis brings attention to elements that could potentially be of benefit to the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) in the development of future educational programs associated with Indigenous Art exhibitions. It is well-known that, in the past, the NGC has been criticized for its exhibition, collecting, and dissemination practices with regards to Indigenous art. Having undergone considerable changes since the 1990's, the NGC is beginning to look like a different institution especially with the establishment of an Indigenous Art Department in August 2007. One particular area criticized in the past about the NGC has been public access to and information about Indigenous art at the Gallery. As stated by Alfred Young Man, Department Head of Indian Fine Arts, at the First Nations University of Canada, in 2008; "There needs to be a better way for people who are looking for Aboriginal art at the National Gallery to find it, and learn about it." 1 Today, the NGC's mandate seeks to "increase the knowledge, awareness and appreciation of Indigenous art in Canada and internationally."2 With its Indigenous Art Department currently in a relative stage of infancy, it is a logical time to be looking at the educational tools being developed and implemented at similar institutions, such as the NGA, for ideas as to how the NGC can fulfill its present-day mandate. 1 Alfred Young Man, (Department Head, Indian Fine Arts, First Nations University of Canada) in discussion with Jacinthe Soulliere, June 2008 as quoted in her MA Thesis; The Stone that Cracked the Wall between the Institution and the First Nation Artist: the National Gallery of Canada, 1980-2008, (Montreal: Concordia University, 2009), 68. 2 National Gallery of Canada, A Brief History: National Gallery of Canada Indigenous Art Collection, (Ottawa: NGC, 2009), http://www.gallery.ca/irnages/History_IndigenousArt.pdf

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Péron, Marie
Pagination:vii, 147 leaves : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Racette, S
ID Code:979512
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:09 Dec 2014 18:00
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:49
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