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Koolanga Boodja Neh Nidjuuk (Children Listening and Looking on Country)

March 21–June 30, 2019
Reception on April 12

Koolanga Boodja Neh Nidjuuk (Children Listening and Looking on Country), a traveling exhibition organized by the John Curtin Gallery of Curtin University in Perth, Australia, features thirty-eight artworks made by the Aboriginal children from the Carrolup State School at the Carrolup Native Settlement in the late 1940s. 

The children artists made use of a vibrant palette to depict the world from their own experiences and started a pictorial landscape tradition that would gain international attention. The works once formed part of a donation to Colgate in 1966 by Herbert Mayer ’29 and remained in the collection of the Picker Art Gallery until 2013 when they were returned to Western Australia. Oversight of the exhibition, education, and research regarding the collection at Curtin University is the responsibility and authority of the Carrolup Elders Reference Group. The Elders have encouraged broad access to the collection through exhibition of the drawings throughout Noongar country in the southwest of Western Australia. This international exhibition honors the enduring relationship between the Noongar community, Curtin, and Colgate in the University's Bicentennial year.

A symposium on the role of museums and galleries in reconciliation, repatriation, and reparation will accompany Koolanga Boodja Neh Nidjuuk on April 12. Dr. Margo Smith, director and curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia will deliver a keynote talk. Colgate Associate Professor of Art and Art History Elizabeth Marlowe and Curator of the Longyear Museum of Anthropology Christy DeLair will also present. Professor of Anthropology and Africana & Latin American Studies Michelle Bigenho will moderate. 

The symposium will be immediately followed by a celebratory welcome reception and remarks at the Dana Arts Center with representatives from the Carrolup Elders Reference Group, Curtin University, Oneida Indian Nation, and Colgate University.

In its final gathering of the spring semester on April 24, Museum Conversations: Moving Beyond Repatriation, will provide an opportunity for the Colgate community to engage in an informal discussion about issues of reconciliation and repatriation.

Koolanga Boodja Neh Nidjuuk (Children Listening and Looking on Country) is presented with the guidance of the Carrolup Elders Reference Group and support of the John Curtin Gallery’s JCG Founders Club, Curtin University. The exhibition is partially funded by the Robert J. Gerberg ’59, P’85 Endowment for the Visual Arts, the Tim ’82 and Alexandra Murphy Endowment to Promote the Arts, and by the Friends of the Picker Art Gallery.

Colgate Alumni Collect

March 21–June 30, 2019
Reception on April 12

Now in its third year, Colgate Alumni Collect presents the personal collections of Tim Keny ’77 and Bruce Silverstein ’89. Featuring textiles and photographs from the twentieth-century, each alumnus has carefully built a focused collection that is a reflection of his own personal expression. Curated by Michael Quinan ’19.

Transatlantic Avant-gardes

March 21–June 30, 2019
Reception on April 12

A selection of artworks from the permanent collection will be on display accompanied by labels written by students in Professor Moure Cecchini’s Fall 2018 class, ARTS 238: Transatlantic Avant-gardes, 1880–1920.

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