Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Judy Watson's "experimental beds" launch May 26 • Friday May 25, 2012

Judy Watson will launch her new work, experimental beds, with a reception and artist talk on Saturday, March 26 at grahame galleries + editions in Brisbane. The work will be on exhibition until June 30, 2012.

This set of six color etchings features Thomas Jefferson’s architectural drawings of the University of Virginia overlaid with images collected and produced by the artist. The work deals with issues of slavery that resonate with Watson’s personal family history.

Watson visited U.Va. in 2009 and saw the exhibition Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Inspired by Jefferson’s architectural drawings, she read a number of books about the slave families at Monticello, Jefferson’s home near Charlottesville. Some of Jefferson’s slaves are believed to be his own children with Sally Hemings.

Watson returned to U.Va. in October 2011 as an artist-in-residence with the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, a project supported by a grant from U.Va. Arts Council. At that time she proofed several prints with Professor Dean Dass and faculty and students in print classes at U.Va. Watson continued to work on the proofs when she returned to Brisbane, adding images from her visit to Monticello and other experiences in Washington D.C. and Charlottesville. The prints were editioned by Basil Hall Editions in Darwin.

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection partnered with the artist and grahame galleries + editions to publish this work.

For more information on experimental beds please contact Noreen Grahame at

Jason Wing at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection • Thursday May 17, 2012

Jason Wing, Do Not Forget, 2011.

On May 18, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection opens a new exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art titled People of Substance by Jason Wing. This exhibition includes a variety of site-specific installations by the artist, including Blacktown Dreaming, a bed composed of hypodermic syringes.

People of Substance explores the idea that drug and alcohol abuse among Aboriginal people is a by-product of colonization, and addresses the fact that this is often overlooked by mainstream Australia. Rather than reinforce negative stereotypes, Wing aims to openly address the issue of addiction in regards to both Aboriginal Australia and the wider community.

Wing’s visit May 13 – 19 includes the installation of People of Substance, the presentation of an Artist Talk on May 17 at 7:00 pm, and an Opening Reception on May 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Wing is a Sydney-based artist of Chinese (Cantonese) and Aboriginal (Biripi) heritage. In early 2012, Wing launched a major public art commission titled In Between Two Worlds for the City of Sydney, which engulfs a 200-meter lane in the heart of the Chinatown precinct. After leaving Charlottesville, Wing will participate in a seminar presented at New York University by the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research (INDAAR) on the future of Asian art. He is represented by Arc One Gallery WING in Melbourne. In addition to his ongoing art practice, he is an art therapist for people with physical and mental disabilities.

Vote for the Kluge-Ruhe Collection as the Best Place to Look at Art • Wednesday May 2, 2012

C’Ville Weekly has begun their annual “Best of CVille” contest, and have just opened voting for the “primaries.” Click here and answer question 10 with “Kluge-Ruhe Collection” so we can be on the ballot when the contest starts!

If you’re new to the Best of CVille contest, a local Charlottesville newspaper called CVille Weekly opens a forum for Charlottesville area residents to vote for their favorites and beloveds…. of everything. From the best place to look at art to the best optometrist, the winners say a lot about who’s who around Charlottesville.

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