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Fred Myers

In 1971, an art teacher from Sydney, Australia, gave paints and brushes to a group of Aboriginal men at the government-run settlement of Papunya, in the country's remote Northern Territory. That small action eventually kicked off a movement, and the men's paintings have become cultural icons that have sold for record-breaking prices. Fred Myers spent time at Papunya during the beginnings of this movement and, as a leading expert and researcher of the Western Desert people, Myers discusses the history and significance of the Icons of the Desert exhibition, on view from September 1st through December 5th, 2009, at NYU's Grey Art Gallery.

Fred Myers is a professor and chairman of the Department of Anthropology at New York University (33 minutes).


Rush Interactive


Artists in conversation and debate with host Michael Rush, Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. In addition to his career as a museum director, he is an award winning curator, and widely published author and critic. He was Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University from 2005-2009, and Director of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art from 2000-2004.