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Coffee lecture: The East is near

With John McPhee

Although Australia is geographically part of Asia, our history has been Eurocentric. Only in recent years have we looked to and begun to understand our geographic, social and political place in Asia. Undoubtedly the future lies with our near neighbours.

Art historian and author John McPhee will explore Australia’s interaction with Asia, its people and cultures, with an examination of historical events and aesthetic influences, from pre-European discovery into the 19th century when a Japanese village toured Australia in the 1880s and a Japanese house was imported and erected in Brisbane in 1887. The influence of Japanese culture, art and design throughout the 20th and into the 21st century will demonstrate how near the East is to Australia.

John McPhee was the founding curator of Australian decorative arts and senior curator of Australian art at the National Gallery of Australia and has written about Australian decorative and popular arts.

10am coffee Domain Theatre foyer
10.30am talk Domain Theatre

Thursday 26 July 2012, 10.00am

Non-members and members $20

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Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre

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