Not As The Songs of Other Lands explores the political, economic and cultural aspirations revealed by artistic representations of the land in Australian and American art during the nineteenth century.
By comparing and contrasting Australian and American approaches, Not As The Songs of Other Lands references notions of the sublime and tensions between rural and urban landscapes to enable reflections on national identity in colonised land. These works also reflect the characteristics of nineteenth century colonial exploration in the depiction of race, class and power.
Not As The Songs of Other Lands presents works from the Hudson River School within the Terra Foundation for American Art Collection alongside works from the University of Melbourne’s Russell & Mab Grimwade ‘Miegunyah’ Collection and paintings by iconic Australian artists such as Eugene von Guérard, John Glover, and Nicholas Chevalier, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton from important Australian collections.
Date: Tuesday 14 May – Sunday 11 June 2017
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5pm; Monday closed
Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne