Global Indigenous Modernisms:
Primitivism, Artists, Mentors

April 6 – 7, 2011

This Clark Colloquium, convened by Ruth Phillips, explored current scholarship on modernist indigenous art. Participants discussed the global circulation of indigenous art and the ways in which the knowledge of indigenous art forms is passed between makers throughout the world. A public conversation and reception concluded the event. This colloquium was generously sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's grant to the Clark.

Participants included: Ruth Phillips, Professor of Art History, Carlton University; Bill Anthes, Associate Professor in the Art Field Group at Pitzer College; Peter Brunt, Senior Lecturer in Art History, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Elizabeth Harney, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of Toronto; Sandra Klopper, Dean of Humanities Faculty at the University of Pretoria, South Africa; Ian McLean, Professor of Australian Art History, University of Western Australia;  Kobena Mercer, Yale University; Anitra Nettleton, Professor of Art History, Wits School of Arts and Academic Head of the Wits Art Museum at the University of the Witwatersrand; Chika Okeke-Agulu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology, and Center for African American Studies, Princeton University; W. Jackson Rushing III, Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art at the University of Oklahoma; Nicholas Thomas, Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Susan Vogel, Professor of Art History, Columbia University; Norman Vorano, Curator of Contemporary Inuit Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada’s National Museum

In order of discussion:

Ruth Phillips

Indigenous Modernisms Between the Local and the Global: The Work of Tivenyanga Qwabe -audio
Sandra Klopper

Indigenous Modernisms Between the Local and the Global - audio
Bill Anthes

Namatjira's modernism         
Ian McLean

Romare Bearden and Carl Holty: How Diaspora Problematizes 'Primitivism'
- audio
Kobena Mercer

The Art Society and the Making of Postcolonial Modernism in Nigeria - audio
Chika Okeke-Agulu

Artist of PNG': Mathias Kauage and his Contemporaries - audio
Nicholas Thomas

Island Modernists: Aloï Pilioko and Nicolaï  Michoutouchkine - audio
Peter Brunt                 

George Morrison: Being and Becoming in Modern Native American Art - audio
W. Jackson Rushing

How to be a Modern African artist: Egon Guenther and the Enduring Mythology of Amadlozi - audio
Anitra Nettleton

Inuit Prints, Japanese Footprints. The birth of fine-art printmaking in the Canadian Arctic - audio
Norman Vorano

Indigenous Modernisms and Prismatic Scatterings: Cosmopolitan Artists in the Post War Period - audio
Elizabeth Harney

Africanness and the Bugaboos:  Authenticity vs. Modernity - audio
Susan Vogel

Making them Modern: The Self-Positioning and the Repositioning of Norval Morrisseau and Daphne Odjig
Ruth Phillips