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Houston Public Library and Booker-Lowe Gallery Present “Tracing the Dreaming Tracks” Contemporary Paintings by Australian Aboriginal Artists
Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 10:00 am - Saturday, August 1, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, repeating until Saturday, August 1, 2015
Twenty-four paintings by indigenous artists from Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Queensland, are featured in a new exhibition opening Saturday, 13 June 2015, 10 am – 5 pm, at the Julia Ideson Library, 550 McKinney Street, Houston. The exhibition will run through Saturday, 1 August, and is open to the public during regular Library hours.
Tracing the Dreaming Tracks includes early paintings from Papunya, the central desert government settlement that gave rise to the modern indigenous art movement in the early 1970s, as well as paintings from remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberleys and the Pilbara (Western Australia), eastern and central deserts and Arnhem Land (Northern Territory), and Lockhart River (Queensland).
Dreaming Tracks are an important element in Aboriginal culture. Despite their differences, the hundreds of tribes living in Australia at the time of British colonization beginning in the late 1700s, shared a common belief in the Dreamtime or creation era that never ends. During the Dreamtime, the ancestors — anthropomorphic beings — traveled throughout the country creating and naming geological features, as well as flora and fauna, and established the Law and the oral and visual languages to communicate their traditions to succeeding generations.
Booker-Lowe Gallery was established in 2002, and is the longest-running Australian Aboriginal art gallery in the Americas. The gallery is open 11 am – 5 pm, Wednesday-Saturday, and by appointment. For more information, please call 713.880.1541 or email us at [email protected].