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June 14, 2012 / pacificplaceseattle

Old Meets New in Ancestral Modern Exhibit

Picture of Bush Hen Dreaming

Bush Hen Dreaming by Abie Loy Kamerre

Now through September 2nd, Seattleites get to experience life through the perspective of Australia’s indigenous people. Where? At Seattle Art Museum, of course! SAM’s Ancestral Modern exhibit is now showcasing Australian Aboriginal art in a contemporary collection of over 100 artworks created in the last 40 years.

Picture of Dadu Mineral Sculpture

The Dadu Mineral showcases the coastal influence upon aboriginal art

Museum visitors can really get lost in the vivid imagery of the Australian outback! Some of our favorite pieces include Dadu Minaral, a bronze sea turtle sculpture on decorative stilts, and Bush Hen Dreaming, a combination of swirling orange, white, brown and blue lines meticulously painted onto canvas. From the chaotic movement of hens through the bush, to the beautifully rugged desert rock formations, to ceremonial sea turtle feasts, Ancestral Modern took us on a journey through aboriginal life in the Australian Bush. Share with us your favorite pieces!

Don’t pass up the chance to learn more about one of the world’s oldest, and most artistically creative, people. Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection is now on display in SAM’s Simonyi Special Exhibition Gallery.


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  1. Contemporary Australian art / Aug 12 2012 10:26 pm

    That sea turtle sculpture looks very odd yet very interesting. I haven’t really seen a lot of Australian aboriginal artwork. Perhaps I’ll drop by Seattle to see what it’s all about.

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