Skin: UniSA Max Hart Collection of Aboriginal bark paintings

11 September – 30 October 2009

The University has a rich resource in the collection of 1970s bark paintings gifted by former lecturer Max Hart.

Curated by Susan Jenkins, this focus exhibition studies a range of key works from across Arnhem Land, the Tiwi Islands, Groote Island and Mornington Island towards an understanding of subjects, ancestral narratives, social relationships and the bark painting movement's contemporary relevance.

A University Art Museums Australia Exhibition Project showcasing the research-intensiveand collection-based programs of eight of Australia's leading university art museums.

Australian university art museums (UAMs) contribute significantly to the cultural and intellectual life of the community. As university-based museums, they offer distinctive experiences to visitors by actively engaging in research and teaching and advancing community engagement. Their programs showcase world-class exhibitions and encourage critical discourse and debate.

UAMs develop and maintain significant art collections that contribute to the national distributed collection held in museums Australia wide. These art collections play a vital role in enriching the cultural milieu of universities and the nation.

Curator: Susan Jenkins

Short biography on Max Hart (PDF file, 55kb) (opens in a new window)

Max Hart Collection extended texts (PDF file, 579kb) (opens in a new window)

Exhibition catalogue (PDF file, 1mb) (opens in a new window)