Past Exhibitions at Kluge-Ruhe

experimental beds at the Harrison Institute

Judy Watson, experimental beds #1, 2011.August 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013

Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture

experimental beds was an exhibition of six prints by indigenous Australian artist Judy Watson (Waanyi) that was on view at the South Gallery of the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture at UVA. Watson first visited the University of Virginia in October 2011 as an artist-in-residence at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Aboriginal Art at UVA. Inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s architectural drawings of the Academical Village, Watson developed a set of etchings in collaboration with Professor Dean Dass and Advanced Printmaking students in UVA’s print workshop. The resulting prints incorporate Jefferson’s drawings of the Rotunda and Pavilions, along with Watson’s sketches of artifacts unearthed at Monticello’s Mulberry Row and vegetables grown in Jefferson’s “experimental beds.”

Click here to download a copy of the brochure that accompanied the exhibition.

This print suite was co-published by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at UVA, Basil Hall Editions, the artist and grahame-galleries + editions in Brisbane. See our publications page to view photos of the each work in the suite.

Jason Wing: People of Substance

Jason Wing, Blacktown Dreaming, 2009.

May 18 – August 26, 2012

People of Substance was a collection of work by artist Jason Wing, an artist of Chinese (Cantonese) and Aboriginal (Biripi) heritage. This exhibition included a variety of site-specific installations by the artist, including Blacktown Dreaming, a bed composed of hypodermic syringes. People of Substance explored the idea that drug and alcohol abuse among Aboriginal people is a by-product of colonization, and addressed the fact that this is often overlooked by mainstream Australia. Rather than reinforce negative stereotypes, Wing aims to openly address the issue of addiction in Aboriginal Australia and the wider community.

Click here to download a copy of the brochure that accompanied the exhibition.

Presented in partnership with Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea, New South Wales, Australia.

Vernon Ah Kee: ill-like

Vernon Ah Kee, lynching, 2011.

January 24 – May 10, 2012

Vernon Ah Kee (Kuku Yalandji, Waanyi, Yidinji, and Gugu Timithirr) is an artist known for his candid explorations of the treatment of Aboriginal people in Australia. His exhibition ill-like explored issues of race and racially-motivated violence through drawings and text works. Ah Kee’s work has been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, and he represented Australia at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

Presented in partnership with Milani Gallery, Brisbane and the Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency.

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