The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, October 22, 2014


University of Sydney photographic exhibition traces Pacific history
No Title [Punitive action, crewmen of the HMS Royalist torching canoes], 1891-1892 [possibly] Roviana, Western Province, Solomon Islands. Photo: Crew or passenger of HMS Royalist, copy print, donated by B Bowden . Originals held by Fiji National Museum. Macleay Museum (HP87.14.24)
SYDNEY.- An exhibition of historic photographs at the University of Sydney’s Macleay Museum offers a fascinating look at life in the Pacific during the early colonial period.

Dating from the late 1850s the images on display are drawn exclusively from the Macleay Museum’s extensive historic photograph collection. The show includes photographs taken by missionaries, anthropologists, tourists, and early government expeditions. They offer intriguing insights into the history of some of Australia’s nearest neighbours.

Points of Focus features images of the British proclamation of a protectorate in Papua in 1884, colonial and civil war in Samoa in the late 19th century, and Douglas Mawson’s first scientific expedition - to Vanuatu in 1903. The personal side of colonial service is shown in the family photos of Sir Hubert Murray (Australian Lieutenant-Governor of Papua for over thirty years, up until 1940). Detailed and intimate glimpses of Solomon Islanders’ every day and ceremonial life are seen in the images captured by anthropologists working in the region in the early 20th century. There are five themes to the exhibition: community, sea & land, governance, spirituality and the market.

“We wanted to depict people, places and times that don’t receive a lot of attention in history books but have an important historical and ongoing relationship with Australia,” says exhibition curator Rebecca Conway.

Rebecca developed Points of Focus after researching Pacific collections in Britain, France and the Netherlands.

“There are some similarities between our holdings and significant overseas collections – for the exhibition we have selected a really interesting cross-section of unique and commonly seen images. The exhibition tracks the changing idea and visual conception of the Pacific and Pacific Islanders from the late 19th and into the 20th century from a diversity of perspectives. Working with these photographs was like travelling back in time, seeing both dramatic moments of Pacific history, such as the 1937 volcanic eruption that swallowed Rabaul, and the closer, more detailed views of individuals, the daily lives of Pacific Islanders and the foreigners who they met with.”





Today's News

March 1, 2014

First major monographic exhibition on Paul Gauguin ever presented at MoMA opens

Francesco Guardi masterpiece to be offered for the first time in over a century

Fernand Léger: Reconstructing Reality" opens at Musée national Fernand Léger

James Ensor prints from the Mira Jacob Collection to be offered at Christie's

Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition is an insight into the artistic evolution of the Group of Seven founding member

Christie's exhibits works by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the Collection of Alexis Adler

New exhibition at Penn Museum challenges preconceptions about Native Americans

Outstanding Henry Moore works from Osborne Samuel to be shown at TEFAF Maastricht

Galerie Jaeger Bucher opens Michael Biberstein Fundraising exhibition to complete Santa Isabel Church ceiling

First US retrospective of the work of Émilie Charmy opens at The Arts Club of Chicago

Spectacular variety of elegantly painted Japanese screens unfold at Bonhams New York

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents "Jeff Wall Tableaux Pictures Photographs 1996-2013"

Landscapes With Water: Peres Projects, Berlin opens exhibition of works by Dan Attoe

University of Sydney photographic exhibition traces Pacific history

First solo exhibition in Belgium by Lebanese-born artist Akram Zaatari opens at Wiels

Mei Xian Qiu's first exhibition with Kopeikin Gallery opens in Los Angeles

"Jules de Balincourt: Misfit Island" opens at Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art

BachmannEckenstein to present landscape focused exhibition during Asia Week New York

Apex public auction 130 rare singles steal the show

First U.S. retrospective of Paul Evans' work opens at Michener Art Museum

World's most innovative new portraits go on display in Wolverhampton

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site