CELEBRATING OUR 100 ISSUES
¡Celebramos nuestra edición
OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN ARTISTS' NEW MUSEUM TOUR
MARCHES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA, RE-DEFINING CONTEMPORARY VISIONS
THE INFINITE: CONTEMPORARY WOMEN ARTISTS
FROM ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA”
Jan. 28 - May 7 at the Patricia & Phillip
Frost Art Museum FIU
— “A clarion call has sounded from this most unlikely of remote places
for their unique perspectives from
asserting the wisdom of these revered matriarchs" —
— "New works from a seldom-seen
culture, with a vibrant, vital presence” —
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU presents Marking the Infinite: Contemporary
Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, featuring the work of nine contemporary women
artists hailing from remote Aboriginal areas: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina
Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.
The Miami leg of this North American
tour features the full breadth of the collection with seventy works showcased in the museum’s Grand Galleries, spanning more than 4,000 square feet.
Miami-based collectors and philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl have lent the artworks, many of which are being
seen publicly for the first time.
The opening reception is free and open to the public on Saturday,
Jan. 28 (4:00 - 7:00 p.m.), on view through May 7 (directions to Florida International
will commence with a special walk-through presentation for the public by Dennis Scholl and curator Henry Skerritt.
The exhibition features some of the most acclaimed artists in
of whom have works in the Australian National Museum’s collection.
Nyapanyapa Yunupingu’s work has been shown at
the Sydney Biennale. Her sister, GulumbuYunupingu, has work in the permanent collection of the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. Regina Wilson’s work
was shown at the Moscow Biennale.
“These women have re-drawn the boundaries of Aboriginal art and are re-defining
the vision of contemporary art,” says Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, Director of the Patricia &
Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. “With subject matter ranging
from faraway celestial bodies to the tiniest of flowers on the native bush plum, they assert the wisdom of revered matriarchs and grapple
with the most fundamental questions of existence.”
Until the 1980s the women in these Aboriginal cultures
were not given the opportunity to paint for the market. As Aboriginal Australian men began to claim a viable market
for their art production, women followed suit.
This exhibition also narrates a story about a deeply
profound sisterhood of women artists, who have risen to the challenge of becoming new leaders of their communities.
By the mid-1990s, women had taken over the reins of the movement.
Watch the video by Australia's ABC TV
Although this new tour has recently
begun (Miami is the second leg of the tour) major critics and media are heralding Marking the Infinite:
The New York Times: “A landmark exhibition …
critically lauded, innovative works”
Hyperallergic: “Breathtaking display of work, falls squarely within the realm of contemporary art”
The Scholls commissioned many of these works from the
artists specifically for the exhibition’s tour, allowing some of the artists to work at a much larger scale
they had not previously attempted.
“When I first saw this work it felt like I had been struck by lightning,” says Dennis Scholl. “This is an opportunity to witness a new, contemporary
manifestation of the
longest continuing art-making culture known to humanity, going back more than 40,000 years."
"Bringing this experience
to our hometown is a thrill for us, because we are so passionate about this body of work. Miami has become a hotbed for
contemporary art, and Marking
the Infinite provides audiences the opportunity to experience the vital, vibrant presence of these works
from a seldom seen culture,” adds Scholl.
“These artists are globally alert and connected to our modern world,” says Henry Skerritt,
curator of the exhibition. “There has never been a more urgent need for contemporary artists to imagine our shared predicament as the
diverse occupants of the same planet."
"The dream that globalization once held is
in danger of being eclipsed by an equally global crisis, and a clarion call has sounded from this most unlikely of remote places for
their unique perspectives and wisdom of the peripheries. They are well primed to comment on our times, presenting visions that are global and planetary in
scope, but also human in scale,” adds the curator Henry Skerritt.
The exhibition will continue to travel throughout
North America for the next two years, to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, the Nevada Museum of
Art in Reno, The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia
exhibition originated at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno under the guidance of William Fox, Director of the Center
for Art and Environment, and Henry Skerritt, Curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Collection of the University of
The catalogue accompanying the exhibition features essays with some of the world’s
leading experts in Aboriginal art, including Hetti Perkins, Tina Baum, Cara Pinchbeck, Howard Morphy, John Carty,
and Henry Skerritt.
(top to bottom)
1. Bush Plum (25-310), 2010, Angelina Pwerle (Acrylic on Belgian
2. Yawkyawk, 2015, Lena Yarinkura (Twined pandanus palm leaf, paperbark,
natural pigments & feathers)
3. Sun Mat, 2015, Regina Pilawuk Wilson (Synthetic polymer paint on canvas)
4. Ganyu (Stars), 2003, Gulumbu Yunupingu (Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark)
5. Tjitjjiti, 2015, Carlene West (Acrylic on linen)
6. Yunala, 2007, Yukultji Napangati (Synthetic polymer
paint on linen)
About the Patricia
& Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU