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This subject engages with the growing number of texts about Indigenous art and by Indigenous artists and scholars. It introduces students to the history of writing about Indigenous art in Australia, examining key publications, exhibitions, events and innovations. The theories and methods of Indigenous art histories are discussed alongside issues of intellectual property, copyright and cultural protocols. How have Indigenous art histories previously been written? What changes are currently taking place in the field? What international comparisons can be made and what insight does this bring to the changing discipline of art history?
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will:
- have an overview of Indigenous art historiography, theory and criticism;
- understand key issues in writing about Indigenous art and art exhibitions;
- be equipped with the relevant skills to distinguish the different methods and interpret different genres of Indigenous art histories;
- understand the importance of Indigenous art in preparation for a career in the contemporary visual art industry;
- be able to understand the major theoretical debates in contemporary Indigenous art, its criticism and curatorial practices.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
- be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgments and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision;and
- be able to participate in team work through involvement in group discussions.
Last updated: 2 December 2019