Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Neil Armstrong's moon landing featured in Aboriginal art • Monday August 27, 2012

A new exhibition, which opened at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection on Tuesday, August 28, features a painting by Yolngu artist Munggurawuy Yunupingu depicting Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon. Armstrong passed away on August 25 at the age of 82. The painting was commissioned by Geoff Woods, superintendent at the Weapons Research Centre at Gove in Northeast Arnhem Land at the time of the moon landing. Yunupingu, who was the leader of the Gumatj people, lived in nearby Yirrkala and painted a number of themes including the stars in the night sky.

The painting of the moon landing shows two astronauts in the center of the work. Their space ship is portrayed in the shape of an airplane. A half circle represents the moon. The surrounding figures resemble characters in other paintings by Yunupingu such as the Eaglehawk Men and the Flying Fox Girls, pictured in Helen Groger-Wurm’s Australian Aboriginal Bark Paintings and their Mythological Interpretations (1973).

Yunupingu’s painting is included in a permanent exhibition of work from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection titled Past Forward >> Contemporary Aboriginal Art. The Kluge-Ruhe Collection will celebrate the exhibition opening with a reception on Friday, September 14 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Kluge-Ruhe Receives Grant from Australia Council • Tuesday August 21, 2012

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,000 grant for its artist residency program from Australia Council for the Arts.

Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Each year it delivers more than $160 million in funding for arts organizations and individual artists. Part of Australia Council’s mission is to build new audiences through collaborative initiatives such as this one with the University of Virginia.

The grant will enable recognized and established Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander visual artists to undertake month-long residencies at the University of Virginia from 2013 to 2015. The residencies will provide professional development for the artists, integrating them into the academic life of the university and the Charlottesville community.

Residencies typically include an exhibition at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, a public artist talk or lecture, teaching and demonstration of work in studio art or other courses at UVa, the production of new bodies of work, and engagement with the general public through tours and receptions.

Artists will apply to Australia Council to become a resident artist at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. An assessment panel will shortlist applicants and submit them to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection for final selections.

Launched in 2011 with seed money from UVa Arts Council, the Kluge-Ruhe artist residency program has brought some of Australia’s leading artists to the University of Virginia including Judy Watson, Ricky Maynard and Vernon Ah Kee. The Australia Council grant ensures the continued success of this program, augmenting the Kluge-Ruhe Collection’s reputation as the premier location for Australian Aboriginal artists to exhibit their work in the United States.

Yhonnie Scarce to Visit as Resident Artist • Saturday August 18, 2012

Aboriginal artist Yhonnie Scarce (Kokatha/Nukunu) will visit the University of Virginia for an artist residency September 1 – 15. What They Wanted, an exhibition of her works in glass and other media, is on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection September 11 – December 30.

Scarce’s residency will include an Artist Talk on September 5, a guided tour of What They Wanted on September 15 with Aboriginal curator Tess Allas, and a public reception with the artist September 14. In addition Scarce will work on a collaborative project with students in William Bennett’s sculpture courses at U.Va.

Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera in South Australia and is a member of the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. She holds a Bachelors of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia and a Masters of Fine Art from Monash University in Melbourne. Her work has been exhibited throughout Australia and recently travelled to New York for an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art. She has completed several public art projects including a Melbourne Laneway Commission work titled “Iron Cross.” Her work is held in numerous public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. She is represented by Diane Tanzer Gallery in Melbourne.

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