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image: Robert Dowling Mrs Adolphus Sceales with Black Jimmie on Merrang Station 1856 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased from the Founding Donor Fund 1984
  Robert Dowling Mrs Adolphus Sceales with Black Jimmie on Merrang Station 1856 (detail) National Gallery of Australia,  Canberra, purchased from the Founding Donor Fund 1984. Part of Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of Empire

ISSUE 137 | August 2010 | Twitter Facebook Flickr Delicious nga.gov.au/socialmedia

Event highlights
NB: For a full listing of events please go to the calendar
nga.gov.au/calendar

Winter is heating up at the Gallery as we near the exciting opening of the new grand foyer, 11 new Indigenous galleries displaying new works of art and many never before seen by the public and a vibrant opening season events program.

However there is plenty to satisfy your arts cravings right now with the opening of two unique exhibitions—Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of Empire (opens 24 July) and Life, death & magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art (opens 13 August). They both address gaps in Australian exhibition history, with the first major exhibition of Dowling's work and the first extensive Asian art exhibition of this kind.

Check out the annual Contemporary Australian Architects 2010 speaker series which kicks off tonight with Bellemo and Cat  but it's not too late to register. Scroll down for our highlighted childrens tour and remember you can filter events by category in the calendar.

Robert Dowling:
Tasmanian son of Empire

24 July – 3 October 2010 | Orde Poynton Gallery
$10 adults | $7 members/concession
Children 16 & under free
nga.gov.au/dowling

Director’s view
Thursday 29 July 12.45 pm 
Orde Poynton Gallery (exhibition ticket required)
Ron Radford AM discusses his favourite work in the exhibition, Dowling’s Breakfasting out 1859.

Life, death & magic:
2000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art

13 August – 31 October 2010 | Exhibition Galleries
nga.gov.au/lifedeathmagic (Full website coming soon)
$15  Adults | $10 members/concession
Children 16 & under free
A major exhibition featuring dramatic sculpture, jewellery and textiles revealing the power of art made for rituals of life and death from prehistoric to recent times.

image: Nias people Nias, Indonesia Nobleman�s heirloom headband 19th�early 20th century

Nias people Nias, Indonesia Nobleman�s heirloom headband 19th–early 20th century
gold; repouss�, 4.5 x 14.5 (diam) cm Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, gift of Mr Edmond Chin.
Part of Life, death & magic

image: Pakpak Batak people 
Barus district, Sumatra, Indonesia 
Effigy portrait [mejan] of the wife of a village chief�19th century or earlierPakpak Batak people
Barus district, Sumatra, Indonesia
Effigy portrait [mejan] of the wife of a village chief  19th century or earlier
Musée Barbier-Mueller, Geneva
© Musée Barbier-Mueller, Photo Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet.
Part of Life, death & magic

Conservation preview tour
members
Thursday 29 July 3.30 pm
$10 members, $15 guests | bookings essential
02 6240 6528 | meet in Gallery foyer
Join Sarah McHugh, Objects Conservator, and David Turnbull, Exhibitions Coordinator, for a talk about the exhibition preparation and a sneak peak at works still being removed from crates. Followed by a glass of sparkling wine in the Members Lounge. Participants must be over 16 years old.

Black Friday opening party
members
Friday 13 August 6.00 pm
$50 members and their guests | bookings essential
02 6240 6528 | meet in Gallery foyer | dress in black
Robyn Maxwell, exhibition curator, presents an introductory talk, followed by a viewing and cocktail reception.

Life, death & magic forum
Saturday 14 August 1.30–5.00 pm
$35, $30 members/concession (includes exhibition entry and afternoon tea) | bookings essential 02 6240 6528 James O Fairfax Theatre
An afternoon of talks by international scholars, directors and curators on the famous collections from which key works of ancestral art have been selected for Life, death & magic.

Curator’s perspective  
Tuesday 17 August 12.45 pm 
Exhibition Galleries (exhibition ticket required)
Robyn Maxwell, Senior Curator, Asian Art, exhibition curator, presents an overview of Life, death & magic.

Ancestral treasures revealed  
Thursday 26 August 12.45 pm 
Exhibition Galleries (exhibition ticket required)
Niki van den Heuvel, Exhibition Assistant, introduces recent Gallery acquisitions of Southeast Asian animist sculptures and ancient bronzes exhibited for the first time in Life, death & magic.

Asian art focus

image: Kayan people east Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia Mask [hudoq] 19th�early 20th centuryKayan people east Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia Mask [hudoq] 19th�early 20th century
KIT Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
Part of Life, death & magic

Chinese embroidery: painting in thread  
Thursday 5 August 12.45 pm 
Free | East Asian gallery
Beatrice Thompson, Assistant Curator, Asian Art, discusses the recent bequest of an exquisite late-18th- to early-19th-century silk embroidered coverlet from Qing-dynasty China. This program is presented in association with the Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair, 5–8 August 2010.

Sacred and profane in India: faces of the devoted  
Thursday 12 August 12.45 pm 
Free | Photography gallery
Claudia Hyles, independent researcher, looks at the god Shri Nathji (a form of Lord Krishna) and his devotees and discusses the newly acquired Shri Nathji donor portrait.

Photography and painting in 19th-century Asian art  
Friday 20 August 5.30 pm 
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre
Dr John Clark, Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, University of Sydney. Held in conjunction with the conference Facing Asia: Histories and Legacies of Asian Studio Photography at the Australian National University in association with the National Gallery of Australia.

Film screening: Paris autumn 
DVD, 2006, not rated, 35 mins, b & w
Tuesday 24 August 12.45 pm 
Free | Small Theatre
Pushpamala N, contemporary Indian artist, introduces her film Paris autumn, a fast-paced photographic noir thriller of the artist’s time in Paris in 2005.

image: RAG Urbanism by Richard Goodwin, computer generated image (detail)

RAG Urbanism by Richard Goodwin, computer generated image (detail)

image: Polygreen by Bellemo & Cat, photograph Peter HyattPolygreen by Bellemo & Cat, photograph Peter Hyatt

Contemporary Australian Architects 2010 speaker series
Every Wednesday 28 July – 18 August 6.00 pm
(doors open 5.30)

Series $60; $50 members/institute members students/concession
Single $20; $15 members/institute members students/concession
bookings essential (02) 6240 6528
James O Fairfax Theatre
This annual lecture series showcases the latest work of renowned Australian architects. Presented in association with the ACT Chapter of the  Australian Institute of Architects. Sponsored by BCA Certifiers.
Full program

Young members architecture
talk and tour

members
Thursday 19 August 6.00 pm

$20 members, $30 guests | bookings essential
(02) 6240 6528 | meet in Diamant Hotel foyer
Explore the old and the new with a talk and tour of the recent extension of the Diamant Hotel with Craig Tan from Fender Katsalidis. Followed by wine and nibbles at the Parlour Wine Room.

Collection

image: Dale Chihuly Macchia with Drawing 1984 National Gallery of Australia, CanberraDale Chihuly Macchia with Drawing 1984 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1989 © Chihuly, Inc.

Contemporary glass, art and alchemy  
Saturday 7 August 2.00 pm 
Free | Small Theatre
Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, investigates the various meanings and interpretations of alchemy in 20th-century art and glass. Held in association with the Canberra Glassworks, who acknowledge the Ranamok Glass Prize for hosting Tina Oldknow during her time in Australia.

Childrens

image: Dale Chihuly Macchia with Drawing 1984 National Gallery of Australia, CanberraChildren enjoy interacting with art at Sculpture Garden Sunday 2010. Photographer: NGA Imaging Services.  Find more images of NGA events on Flickr

A little look at art
18 August 10.00 – 11.00 am
$12, $10 members/concession | bookings essential
02 6240 6528 | meet in Gallery foyer
Parents, babies and toddlers are invited to join a voluntary guide for a tour of the national collection, followed by morning tea.

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