Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Culture Warriors exhibit in Washington DC • Monday September 28, 2009

Culture Warriors installation

The National Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors opened at the Katzen Art Center at American University on September 8 and runs through December 6. On loan from the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), the exhibit includes the work of 30 Indigenous artists representing every Australian state and territory. All of the works were created since 2004 in a variety of media, including painting on bark and canvas, sculpture, textiles, weaving, photography, video and printmaking. This inaugural exhibition was curated by Brenda Croft, former Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the NGA. The opening festivities were attended by Croft and eight of the artists included in the exhibition: Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Daniel Boyd, Gordon Hookey, Ricky Maynard, Arthur Koo’ekka Pambegan Jr, Christopher Pease, Christian Bumbarra Thompson and Judy Watson. Australia’s Minister for the Evironment, Heritage and the Arts Peter Garrett, was also present at the opening.

On Friday, September 11 the artists visited the Kluge-Ruhe Collection and UVA Art Museum to see works on exhibit and in storage. One of the highlights of the visit was Jean Baptiste Apuatimi’s identification of Tiwi objects in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. After lunch, the group met students who are studying Australian Aboriginal art at the UVA Art Museum to see the bark paintings and large canvas from Kluge-Ruhe currently installed there. They walked over to the lawn for a brief orientation on Jefferson’s Academical Village before returning to Washington DC.

The Katzen Art Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free and there is on site parking. Click here for more information.