Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Opening Reception and Mural Dedication • Thursday July 7, 2011

On Friday, July 8th, Kluge-Ruhe opened its History in the Making: Aboriginal Art of the Twentieth Century, a chronological look at Aboriginal art from the 1960s to the present. The exhibit features paintings on bark and canvas, sculpture and limited edition prints from Kluge-Ruhe collection, exploring the changing perceptions of Aboriginal art in the throughout the twentieth century. The exhibit will continue through August 5, 2012.

On Saturday, July 9th, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative dedicated a mural created by artists Reko Rennie (Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi) and Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga/Nez Perce). The Bridge is located at 209 Monticello Road. For more information see:

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection brought Rennie to Charlottesville in January 2011 to paint the rotating gallery with his street-art inspired stencils. He and Native American artist Frank Buffalo Hyde participated in a symposium at UVa and collaborated on the mural for The Bridge.

Although his father is an artist, Rennie came to his own art practice through contemporary youth culture – hip hop, break dancing, and graffiti. Equally comfortable working in the street or the gallery, Rennie uses stencils and spray paint to produce intricate images addressing themes of identity, justice and tradition. Rennie’s kangaroo, dubbed “Big Red,” is both a national emblem, seen on Australia’s coat of arms, and a symbol of Aboriginal survival.

Hyde, who lives in Pittsburgh, mixes Indian imagery with icons of pop culture, expressing what he calls the “fragmented contemporary life” of a Native American U.S. citizen. He attended the Santa Fe Fine Arts Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Hyde has exhibited his work for over 15 years in many Santa Fe galleries as well as in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

Click here to see a video about Frank and Reko made by local filmmakers Squid and Beard.