Yalmay Marika (Australian, Rirratjingu clan). Wagilag Dhawu (Wagilag Ceremony Story), 1996. Natural ochres on bark, 102 1/2 x 29 1/2". Recent gift to the University by John W. Kluge
Monumental Bark Paintings from Australia
March 14 - June 7, 1998
Entrance Gallery, first floor
These barks were part of a major commission by John W. Kluge completed in 1996. They were exhibited in Darwin at the 13th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) exhibition, where one received the first place award in the bark division. Another bark from this group was recently included in the exhibition, Paintings of the Wagilag Sisters Story 1937-1997, at the National Gallery of Australia.
Every Picture Tells a Story
Sunday, March 29, 1 pm, in the Museum
In aboriginal bark painting, ancestral creatures like the shark and the crocodile helped create the landscape in the era of the Dreaming. These stories and more will be explored, then children will tell their own stories using the methods of the bark painters. Led by Margo Smith Boles for second through fifth graders. Registration is limited. Please call to reserve a space, 804-924-7458.