The Scot and the Aborigine: La Différence Writ Large
Sally Price is the Duane A. and Virginia S. Dittman Professor Emerita of American Studies and Anthropology at the College of William & Mary. What can happen to an ethnographic object that leaves its home territory and is entrusted – both physically and conceptually – to connoisseurs in a distant land in whose hands it will be evaluated, displayed, interpreted, and sometimes even physically re-made? And how does that process compare to the fate of similar objects that don’t travel from one cultural setting to another, but stay within culturally familiar ground? Two contemporary installations in Paris’s Quai Branly Museum – one from Scotland and one from Australia – reveal the inadvertent assumptions sometimes made about “Western” and “non-Western” artists and their creations... and the consequences of those assumptions for the museum-going experience.
Co-sponsored by the Program in Anthropology and History