Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Vernon Ah Kee to visit U.Va. as Resident Artist • Friday March 23, 2012

Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee will visit the University of Virginia for an artist residency April 4 – 12. Ill-like, an exhibition of his drawings and textual works, is on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection through May 10. Ah Kee’s textual works can also be viewed at Brooks Hall Commons and at the International Residence College on UVa Grounds.

Ah Kee’s residency will include an Artist Talk on April 5, a guided tour of ill-like on April 7, and a public reception with the artist on April 12. In addition Ah Kee will be guest lecturing to several courses at U.Va. for the departments of art, architecture, drama and film.

Vernon Ah Kee was born in Innisfail, Queensland in 1967 and is a member of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanyi, Yidinjii and Gugu Timithirr peoples. He holds two Bachelor of Visual Arts degrees and a Doctorate of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art. His work has been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, and he represented Australia at the 2009 Venice Biennale. In 2009 the Institute of Modern Art published borninthisskin, the first major publication devoted to Ah Kee’s practice. His work is held in esteemed public collections including the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottowa).

He's back...Reko Rennie returns to Kluge-Ruhe • Wednesday March 7, 2012

Reko Rennie 2011

Artist Reko Rennie (Kamilaroi/
Gamilaraay/Gummaroi) from Melbourne, Australia returns to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection March 16-20, 2012 to install a semi-permanent exhibition in the museum’s Breezeway. Rennie’s residency at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in January 2011 involved spray painting the walls of the rotating gallery with his diamond pattern and iconic pink kangaroo “Big red.” This popular exhibit was captured in a video produced by local filmmakers Rob Douglas and JJ Cohoon (formerly Squid and Beard).

“Visitors were dismayed that we planned to paint over Reko’s installation,” says Kluge-Ruhe Director and Curator Margo Smith. “The Kluge-Ruhe Museum is fortunate to have an ongoing relationship with Reko, whose work is in such demand, and to be able to exhibit it for a longer period.” The Breezeway, which housed the Kluge-Ruhe gift shop, is being renovated into a video screening room and lounge.

Rennie has returned to the US to exhibit his work at Scope Art Fair in New York March 7 – 11 and is the first Australian artist to have been invited. Following that, he will participate in a public art project called 5 × 5, where five curators invited five artists to create temporary installations throughout Washington, D.C.

After completing his project at Kluge-Ruhe, Rennie will travel to Santa Fe to meet up with Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga/Nez Perce). Reko and Hyde collaborated on a mural on the side of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlottesville.They have been commissioned to create a collaborative work for the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts where Hyde’s work will be exhibited April 13 – July 31, 2012.

A Winner of the Aboriginal Art Raffle Has Been Selected • Thursday March 1, 2012

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection sends congratulations to Arlene Campbell, a Charlottesville local, whose raffle ticket was chosen from hundreds of entries as the winner of an Aboriginal painting from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection’s gfit shop.

In the month of February, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection conducted a contest titled 29 Days to Win Aboriginal Art. Anyone who visited the museum during the twenty-nine days of February qualified to enter a raffle ticket to win an Aboriginal painting from Warlukurlangu in central Australia valued at $750.00.

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