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.