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Marking the Infinite:
Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia

John Hawley Olds LaGatta Gallery | Floor 3

Marking the Infinite presents the work of nine of Australia’s leading Aboriginal women artists. While many of them have established reputations in Australia, for many this exhibition represents their American debut. Revered as matriarchs in their communities, the artworks made by these women are proud assertions of who they are and represent the pride they have in their communities. This strength of vision is immediately evident in works that shimmer and swirl, that assert their authority like lightning bolts, or sparkle like the night sky.

Although hailing from some of the most remote communities on the planet, the work of the nine women artists in Marking the Infinite speaks loudly and clearly to our contemporary age. The artists are: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angeline Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu, and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. The works in Marking the Infinite are drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl, Miami-based collectors and philanthropists.

The exhibition was originated by the Nevada Museum of Art, where it was organized by William L. Fox, Director, Center for Art and Environment, and Henry Skerritt, Curator, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia.

Exhibition Tour Schedule for Marking the Infinite:
Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA: August 20, 2016 – December 21, 2016
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL: January 28, 2017 – May 14, 2017
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV: February 17, 2018 – May 13, 2018
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC: June 2 – September 9, 2018
Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 2018 – February 2019


Lead Sponsor

The Collections Committee of the Nevada Museum of Art:

Barbara and Tad Danz
Martha Hesse Dolan and Robert E. Dolan
Dolan Law LLC
Maureen Mullarkey and Steve Miller
Kathie Bartlett
John C. Deane
Turkey and Peter Stremmel
Nancy and Harvey Fennell
Linda Frye
Marcia and Charles Growdon
Sari and Ian Rogoff
Darby and David Walker


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Supporting Sponsors

Maria and Mark Denzler

Media Sponsors

The Believer powered by the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute; Western Art & Architecture