Fred R. Myers

No Deal!SAR Press PublicationNo Deal!: Indigenous Arts and the Politics of PossessionNo Deal! encompasses a diverse group of artists, curators, art historians, and anthropologists from Australia and North America in order to investigate social relations of possession through the artifacts and motifs of Indigenous expressive culture. The contributors speak from the standpoints of Indigenous systems of knowledge as well as from western epistemologies and their institutions, interrogating what it means to “own culture.” The case studies in this volume contribute to notions of “ownership” and “possession” through the lens of art and its associated rights to production, circulation, performance, and representation.
Painting Culture by Fred R. MyersJ. I. Staley PrizePainting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High ArtPainting Culture tells the complex story of how, over the past three decades, the acrylic “dot” paintings of central Australia were transformed into objects of international high art, eagerly sought by upscale galleries and collectors.
The Empire of ThingsSAR Press PublicationThe Empire of Things: Regimes of Value and Material CultureRepresenting a new wave of thinking about material culture studies-a topic long overdue for reevaluation-the essays in this volume take a fresh look at the relationship between material culture and exchange theory and illuminate the changing patterns of cultural flow in an increasingly global economy and the cultural differences registered in “regimes of value.”
1996, November 3–7
Advanced SeminarMaterial Culture: Habitats and ValuesParticipants from the U.S., England, and Australia discussed recent research in several intersecting arenas of material culture: exchange theory, the movement of objects in a cultural hierarchy from things to fine art, and the circulation of objects between cultures.

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