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The Lam Collection of Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art

Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa (Star Dreaming), Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Of Country and Culture: The Lam Collection of Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art explores contemporary interpretations of artistic traditions (dating back 50,000 years)—from sand paintings, body painting, and grave poles—to demonstrate similar cultural ties to land, heritage, and visual communication. The collection includes a significant number of works by female artists, representing a change from their historical exclusion from the contemporary painting movement in Australia.

The exhibition is organized in four thematic sections—"The Dreaming: Ancestral Beings," "The Land," "Ceremony," and "Mortality"—and presents a diverse range of materials and regional styles—from the intricately painted bark paintings of Arnhem Land, to the pukumani grave poles of the Tiwi Islands, and the boldly colored abstract paintings of the Western Desert.

This extraordinary collection comes to the Museum from May and Victor Lam and their family. The Lams' enthusiasm for contemporary Aboriginal art began when they saw Spirit Country, an exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art featuring the Gantner Myer collection of Aboriginal art. May Lam, a long-time Museum Trustee, was inspired to visit Aboriginal communities across Australia with her daughter Dorothy. Through this enriching travel, the Lams amassed an outstanding collection.


Event Details:

Members: FREE
Adults: $10
Seniors (65+): $7 
Students and Military (with ID): $5
Children 12 & Under: FREE 

Opening hours:
Tues, Fri: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Wed, Thurs, Sat, and Sun: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mon: Closed

For more information on the exhibit see Of Country and Culture: The Lam Collection of Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art.