Embassy of Australia
United States of America

Exhibitions and Events

    ANZAC DAY 2017


Washington DC

Each year on the 25th April, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day to recognise the sacrifices that Australian and New Zealand servicemen and servicewomen have made not only in defending their country, but in upholding their nations’ longstanding commitment to peace and security.

To mark this special occasion in 2017, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies are co-hosting a program of events. Two of these events are open to the public and are the Dawn Service and Commemorative Church Service.  

 

DAWN SERVICE

Tuesday 25th April 2017

5:45am - 6:15am
(please arrive by 5:15am)

Korean Veterans War Memorial

Washington DC

COMMEMORATIVE CHURCH SERVICE

Tuesday 25th April 2017

10:30am - 11:30am
(please be seated by 10:00am)

Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Washington DC

Parking is available in the Cathedral garage. Access is via Wisconsin Avenue.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Georgia Watts : georgia.watts@defence.gov.au / www.usa.embassy.gov.au

Samantha Orange : samantha.orange@nzdf.mil.nz / www.nzembassy.com

Lest We Forget

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Current Exhibition

 

Tommy Mitchell - Warlpapuka, 2009
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
40 x 60 in. (102 x 152 cm)
© Tommy Mitchell estate, courtesy of Warakurna Artists

 

NO BOUNDARIES

 

Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting

Works from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl

October 2016 to  February 2017

No Boundaries showcases the work of nine Aboriginal artists from remote northwest Australia, revered as community leaders and the custodians of ceremonial knowledge. They took up painting late in their lives, but quickly established themselves at the forefront of Australian contemporary art.  The paintings of these nine men cannot be understood outside of the rich cultural traditions that inform them. At the same time, these artists are innovators of the highest order.

Aboriginal artists have long used abstraction to conceal secret and sacred elements within their paintings. In describing these paintings as “abstract,” this exhibition does not wish to suggest that these artworks belong to the same tradition as western modernist abstraction. Aboriginal Australians have been practicing abstraction for millennia, using it to convey complex religious systems and spiritual understandings of the earth. The abstract style of these works creates moving impressions, keeping sacred elements hidden but allowing viewers to experience their power indirectly through line, gesture, scale, and color.

Our contemporary age is defined by globalization driven not only by the market, but also by displacement, diaspora, the movement of refugees, colonialism, and decolonization. This has thrown different cultures and worldviews into unprecedented contact and tension. Shaping these differences into meaningful connections has become one of the defining tenets of contemporary artists everywhere. It is the ability of these nine Aboriginal artists to speak across cultural boundaries while maintaining their distinctive identities that places them at the vanguard of global contemporary art practice.

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting originated at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, and was organized by William Fox, Director, Center for Art and Environment, and curator Henry F. Skerritt. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl.

 

     
Tjumpo Tjapanangka
Wati Kutjarra at the Water Site of Mamara (detail), 2000
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
116 x 47 1/4 in. (295 x 120 cm)
© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VISCOPY, Australia

Billy Joongoora Thomas
Gunambalayi—Travels of the Black Snake, 2004
Natural earth pigments and synthetic binder on canvas
59 1/16  x 70 7/8  in. (150 x 180 cm)
© Billy Thomas estate, courtesy Red Rock Art, Kununurra

 

Gallery @ Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036

Open 10am until 2pm weekdays
Photo ID essential for entry

For further information call 202.797.3000
or email: Cultural.RelationsUS@dfat.gov.au

 

 

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