Intersections: New Work on Islamic and Southeast Asian Art
Woodward Conference Centre
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
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This public event brings together curators, art historians and artists from all over Australia to look at the state of the field both here and in our larger region. It is a day for exchange and debate, with a series of papers, some case studies, some explorations of specific issues or problems, to culminate in a final round-table discussion. Among the questions we hope to address: how can historical art production be understood in contemporary context? How does tradition inform – or not inform – current artists' work? What are the most interesting areas of current production and research? What are the current challenges or barriers in the field, including in public perception among museum or gallery audiences? And, most basically, does it make sense to speak of 'Islamic art' or 'Southeast Asian art' at all?