About

My name is Henry Skerritt, and I am an art historian and curator hailing from Perth in Western Australia. I am currently the Mellon Curator of Indigenous Arts of Australia at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia.

 

I am the editor of the books Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia (Prestel Publishing, 2016) and No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting (Prestel Publishing, 2015), and was a consulting curator on the touring exhibitions of the same name.

I have written extensively on Aboriginal art and culture, including contributions to the publications Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art in Australia (Harvard Art Museums, 2016); Ngarra: The Texta Drawings (Mossenson Art Foundation, 2015); Double Desire: Transculturation and Indigenous Contemporary Art  (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014); Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2012); and Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture (Object: Australian Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design, 2009).

My writings have also appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Journal of Curatorial Stuides, Pacific Arts, Artlink, Art Monthly Australia, Art Guide Australia, Meanjin, and Artist Profile. I have been invited to deliver public lectures and presentations at numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), the Toledo Art Museum (Toledo, OH), the Pérez Art Museum Miami (Miami, FL), and the Nevada Art Museum (Reno, NV).

From 2004 to 2009 I was manager of Mossenson Galleries in Melbourne, and in 2011 I was awarded a one-year grant through the Sir Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest to curate the exhibition Experimental Gentlemen at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at University of Melbourne. In 2016, I curated the exhibition Yimadoowarra: The Art of Loongkoonan at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Kluge-Ruhe Museum at the University of Virginia.

I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Western Australia. I am an ardent fan of the Fremantle Football Club and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This website gathers together a selection of my writings written prior to 2015. I hope you enjoy them. For more recent writings, please visit https://virginia.academia.edu/HenrySkerritt