Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Award-winnning author will talk about 'experimental beds' • Thursday December 27, 2012

Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, will talk about Judy Watson’s ‘experimental beds’ at the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library on Monday, February 18 at 5:30 pm. Wiencek’s talk, titled “Seeing Jefferson from Australia,” examines Watson’s perspective of Jefferson as a slave holder.

Watson incorporated Jefferson’s architectural drawings of the Academical Village and her own work inspired by visits to Monticello into experimental beds, a series of six prints developed during her residency at the University of Virginia in 2011. In reserching Jefferson, Watson was inspired by stories about slaves that paralleled her own family history in Australia, where her Aboriginal grandmother and great grandmother worked for white pastoralists.

An exhibition of experimental beds, on loan from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, can be seen in the South Gallery of the Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture through May 11, 2013. Both the University of Virginia Magazine and U.Va Today have featured the exhibition in recent issues.

Master of the Mountain was named as one of the best books of 2012 by Washington Post critic Jonathan Yardley. Another of Wiencek’s books, The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White (2000), won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The free lecture is open to the public and will be followed by refreshments and a book signing in the South Gallery.

FLASH: A party and art auction to benefit conservation • Wednesday October 24, 2012

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection is hosting a party and Aboriginal art auction to fund conservation on works in the museum’s collection. Join us for an artful evening to learn about our conservation initiatives while enjoying excellent local food, Australian wine and door prizes. Auction items include works on canvas, paper, bark and glass, as well as local services and gift certificates! Bidding begins November 1st. Explore the catalog and buy tickets on our auction website.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Tickets, $35

Four Paintings in Paris • Friday October 12, 2012

Four paintings from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection are on exhibition in Paris at the Musee du quai Branly. Aux Sources de la Peinture Aborigene Australie – Tjukurrtjanu opened October 9 and continues through January 20, 2013. The exhibition, curated by Judith Ryan, Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and Philip Batty, Senior Curator of Indigenous Cultures at Museum Victoria, premiered at the National Gallery of Victoria in September 2011. It is the most comprehensive exhibition of early Western Desert art ever assembled, including 200 paintings produced from 1971-72 and wooden shields, stone knives and ceremonial regalia. The catalogue was produced in English and in French.

The exhibit includes work by 20 artists who began painting at the remote Aboriginal settlement of Papunya in 1971. Their paintings incorporated traditional symbols used in ceremonial designs yet they were highly innovative and experimental in nature.

Kluge-Ruhe Director Margo Smith attended the opening reception on October 8. “It was thrilling to see four of our works among other distinguished pieces in a city that is famous for its museums.” It was Smith’s first visit to the Musee du quai Branly, which incorporated the work of eight contemporary Aboriginal artists into its building design.

While in Europe Smith also visit the AAMU – Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Utrecht, Netherlands. Like Kluge-Ruhe, AAMU is dedicated to the exhibition of Australian Aboriginal art.

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