Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Denise Goodfellow lecture at Kluge-Ruhe • Wednesday May 20, 2009

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow, a birdwatching/ natural history guide and Indigenous tourism consultant from the Northern Territory, will give a lecture at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection on Friday, May 29 at 7:00 pm. Goodfellow will speak on Birds, Mermaid Spirits and Little Daddies: The Kunwinjku people of Western Arnhem Land, Australia.

A long time resident of Australia’s “Top End,” Goodfellow ran for a seat on Darwin City Council in 1981 in an attempt to preserve the mangrove habitat of Darwin Harbour, an area rich in plants, birds and other wildlife. She became involved with local Aboriginal people after accepting an invitation from a senior woman to catch a snake. After four hours wading through a crocodile infested lake, Goodfellow succeeded in catching a Water Python. As a result, Goodfellow was given an Aboriginal name and “Dreamings” including that of Yawk Yawk and Estuarine Crocodile. Thus began a long association with Goodfellow’s indigenous family.

Goodfellow has worked many years as a birdwatching/natural history guide in Kakadu National Park and throughout the Top End. She carried out fauna surveys across the remote northwestern part of Australia and is a frequent lecturer on Australian birds and Aboriginal perspectives, and marsupial biology at the University of New South Wales. Goodfellow has been an advisor on the Lonely Planet’s Guide to Aboriginal Australia. She has written a number of articles and books including Birds of Australia’s Top End and her autobiography, Quiet Snake Dreaming.

Goodfellow’s lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Make a reservation online or phone us at 434 244-0234.

Kluge-Ruhe Selected for MAP • Thursday April 16, 2009

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) with a focus on Collections Care.

MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Association of Museums. The program is designed to help museums assess the strengths and weaknesses of their collections care program and plan for the future.

As part of MAP, Kluge-Ruhe staff members will complete a detailed self-study encompassing all aspects of museum operations. The self-study is followed by a site visit from a museum professional. After touring the museum and meeting with staff, governing officials, and volunteers, the visiting professional produces a report evaluating Kluge-Ruhe’s operations, making recommendations and suggesting resources.

The Museum Assessment Program will help Kluge-Ruhe to improve its operations by providing guidance in establishing priorities and meeting goals. It will also provide a context to evaluate how Kluge-Ruhe compares to standards and best practices in the museum field at large. Completing the assessment and implementing recommended priorities will position Kluge-Ruhe for future grant funding.

Australian Aboriginal Art magazine launched • Tuesday April 7, 2009

Aboriginal Art

Australian Aboriginal Art magazine launched its first issue in March 2009 in English and French. Brimming with colorful illustrations, the launch issue features articles by Fred Myers and Roger Benjamin on early Papunya paintings in the Wilkerson Collection, including photographs of the Icons of the Desert exhibit at Cornell University. Brenda Croft, Alison French and Lotte Waters write about Albert Namatjira on the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death.

The magazine contains in-depth articles about artists Daniel Walbidi of Bidyadanga and Destiny Deacon. Also included are profiles of Apolline Kohen and Dhurru Art in Peppimenarti and remembrances of recently-deceased artists Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri and Ngarra. Kluge-Ruhe’s current exhibit Yuru-yururla: Womens’ Painting from Yuendumu was listed in the Calendar section.

Australian Aboriginal Art is published quarterly by B5 Media Pty Ltd. and is available in the US through subscription.

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