Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Kluge-Ruhe Brings Resident Artist to Tom Tom Founders Festival • Monday April 8, 2013

Artist Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga/Nez Perce), who visited the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in 2011 to collaborate on a mural with Aboriginal artist Reko Rennie, has been chosen as the resident artist of the Tom Tom Founders Festival April 11 – 14, 2013.

The Tom Tom Founders Festival is in its second year in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is coordinated by the Tom Tom Foundation, a not for profit that educates the public about innovation and entrepreneurship through the events of the Festival. This year the participating individuals, organizations and sponsors have been community and University-wide, and all of the events at the festival are free and open to the public.

Hyde will give a Make Your Own Stencil Workshop on Friday, participate in Urban Sketching at Tom Yum and the Picnic Day in Lee Park on Saturday, and will be at the Bridge PAI block party on Sunday, in addition to doing live painting throughout the weekend in various locations. His mural with Reko Rennie at the Bridge PAI is one of the first stops on the Public Art Bike Tour that Piedmont Council for the Arts is sponsoring on Sunday, and Hyde will give a brief talk about the project as part of the tour. He will also have works on paper for sale throughout the weekend.

While in Charlottesville, Hyde will also lead a flash seminar at U.Va. titled IN-APPROPRIATE: Native American Stereotypes in Popular Culture. The seminar is also free and open to the public, but please RSVP to

Check out Frank’s schedule for the weekend below. All events are free and open to the public.


5:00 pm Flash Seminar – IN-APPROPRIATE Brooks Hall Commons, U.Va.


10am-12pm Live Painting and Paper Show McGuffey Art Center (Starnes Classroom)

2:00pm WORKSHOPMYO Stencils – McGuffey (Starnes Classroom) Email to sign up – space is limited!

3-5pm Live Painting and Paper Show

5:00 pm McGuffey Block Party begins


9-11am Urban Sketching at Tom Yum

12-5pm CITY AS A CANVAS and PICNIC DAY AT LEE PARK Live Painting in Lee Park

2:30pm Gallery Tour will stop at Lee Park for a brief talk with Frank Buffalo Hyde


1:00pm THE BRIDGE PAI BLOCK PARTY starts Live Painting at The Bridge PAI Public Bike Tour begins at CitySpace

Tom Yum, CITY AS A CANVAS, PICNIC DAY AT LEE PARK, and the Block Parties are all events of the Festival. For more information on these events, see the Tom Tom Founders site.

Resident Artist's Work Included in Venice Biennale • Saturday February 9, 2013

Aboriginal artist Yhonnie Scarce’s work will be included in the exhibition Personal Structures, an official satellite project of the 55th Venice Biennale. Scarce was a resident artist at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in September 2012. See details of her residency on our special projects page.

Personal Structures is a project initiated by Global Art Affairs, a Dutch non-profit that aims to heighten awareness about philosophical themes in contemporary art – particularly time, space and existence – and make these subjects more accessible to a wider international audience. In the Venice Biennale, Global Art Affairs focuses on current developments in the international art world and the assembly of artists with different cultural backgrounds in different stages of their careers. The exhibition is held at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice and runs for the entirety of the Biennale (June – November, 2013).

Scarce’s new work for Personal Structures is a freestanding sculpture installation of an acrylic coffin encasing 225 glass bush bananas. Each one commemorates a year of Australia’s colonization and the genocide of Indigenous peoples. This work, displayed as one mass grave, commemorates all who have died as a result of the continually present colonial condition.

Through research into her family’s experiences, Scarce’s glasswork engages with the issue of containment of Aboriginal people, including the forcible removal of these people from their land and the subsequent practice of eugenics. Scarce incorporates her personal histories and research with artifacts from the past, highlighting the legacy of issues related to white settlement in dialogue with the present.

Scarce’s blown-glass Indigenous fruits and vegetables such as bush bananas, bush plums and long yams are metaphoric tools to represent Aboriginal people and their treatment over time. The glass is more than a mere material; the glass acts as a lens and a mirror, which both reflects and exposes the tragedies of Australia’s colonization. Often used to represent the body, the glass has a solid appearance yet is fragile and must be handled with care. Like archaeological objects, Scarce uses her work to tell stories and bear witness.

Previous artists invited to participate in Global Art Affairs exhibitions for the Biennale have included Marina Abramovic (RS), Carl Andre (US), Herman de Vries (NL), Toshikatsu Endo (JP), Johannes Girardoni (US), Peter Halley (US), Joseph Kosuth (US), Melissa Kretschmer (US), Lee Ufan (KR), Ma Jun (CN), Tony Matelli (US), Judy Millar (NZ), Tatsuo Miyajima (JP), Francois Morellet (FR), Hermann Nitsch (AT), Roman Opalka (FR), Thomas Pihl (NO), Miriam Prantl (AT), Andrew Putter (ZA), Arnulf Rainer (AT), Rene Rietmeyer (NL), Yuko Sakurai (JP), Sasaki (JP), SEO (KR), Lawrence Weiner (US), and Maik Wolf (DE).

"We Bury Our Own" Opens Today • Tuesday January 22, 2013

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection’s newest exhibition, We Bury Our Own, opens today. The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 1st, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

In We Bury Our Own, leading contemporary Aboriginal Australian artist Christian Thompson (Bidjara) presents a new body of work that explores the spiritual repatriation of archival materials in the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford.

“this is what art is able to do, perform a ‘spiritual repatriation’ rather than a physical one, fragment the historical narrative and traverse time and place to establish a new realm in the cosmos, set something free, allow it to embody the past and be intrinsically connected to the present…”

Christian Thompson is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Fine Art at the University of Oxford. His work is held in numerous public and private collections in Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the National Gallery of Victoria. His work was recently exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Aboriginal Art Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is represented by Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi.

To see a video about We Bury Our Own, click here.

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