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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology



Leverhulme Trust 2013-2016

This ambitious project explores what might be called the ‘other histories’ of modernism in art, focusing particularly on indigenous modernisms from Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The participants, a distinguished group of art historians from Europe, North America, South Africa and Australasia, will document and analyse the diverse lives that modernism had across these regions during the twentieth century, which have been left out of the standard histories. An ambitious and comparative re-imagining of the cross-currents constitutive of modernism globally, will bring new research on artists’ lives, works and travels together, toward that aim.


    Screenprint titled 'Independence Celebration'
    by Mathias Kauage, (no date), referencing
    Papua New Guinea Independence in 1975.
    Chimbu Province, Highlands, Papua New Guinea.
    Collected by Professor Marilyn Strathern.
    MAA 2009.29. Photography by Jocelyne Dudding.

Two million years of human history. One million artefacts. Countless astonishing stories.