Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Artist Talk by Ken Thaiday Sr. • Monday June 22, 2009

Artist Ken Thaiday Sr. will speak about his work on Friday, July 10 at 7:00 pm at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Thaiday was born on Erub (Darnley) Island in the Torres Strait in 1950. He learned the importance of traditional dance from his father. In 1987, Thaiday began making dance artifacts which have evolved over time into elaborate ‘dance machines’ with moveable parts. He is known for his beizams – shark dance headdresses, which are controlled by a string and pulley system, enabling the dancer to open and close the shark’s jaws. Thaiday uses various materials in the construction of a headdress including bamboo, plywood, plastic, and feathers.

Thaiday’s work is highly prized by museums and collectors. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout Australia, the South Pacific, India, Denmark, Germany and the US. He is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, National Museum of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory and many private collections.

Thaiday is travelling in the US with his wife, Liz, and Michael Kershaw, Director of the Australian Art Print Network. Earlier in the week, Thaiday will present a Black Hammerhead Shark headdress to the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC.

Following the lecture there will be a reception for the Thaidays and Kershaw. The lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are required. To request a reservation call 434-244-0234 or contact us online. The Kluge-Ruhe Collection will contact you to confirm your reservation.