Special Projects at Kluge-Ruhe

Djambawa Marawili Artist Residency • Saturday November 7, 2015


October – November 2015

Djambawa Marawili AM (Yolngu) is a renowned painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceremonial leader. During the course of his residency, Marawili taught undergraduate printmaking students, discussed his art practice for the Environmental Sciences Department at UVA, and gave an overview of his people’s Sea Rights Claim at the Oceans Law and Policy Center at the UVA School of Law. He also publicly unveiled two hollow log sculptures as new additions to the permanent collection and sang with clapping sticks to more than 250 people.

Click here to download a copy of the brochure that accompanied his exhibition.

Presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts, the Embassy of Australia, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Maria T. Kluge, UVA McIntire Department of Art and UVA Oceans Law and Policy Center.

Indigenous Film Program at the 2015 Virginia Film Festival • Sunday November 1, 2015


November 2015

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection presented an Aboriginal Australian film titled The Redfern Story and a Native American film titled Mekko. Darlene Johnson (Dunghutti), director of The Redfern Story, was present for Q & A following her film. The Kluge-Ruhe Collection also participated in the Virginia Film Festival Family Day by hosting a program for children called “Motion Picture Books” that explored how films are moving pictures with flipbooks.

First People: Indigenous Writers from Australia and North America • Tuesday September 8, 2015


September 2015

At the Mary and David Harrison Institute, six Indigenous Australian writers and two Indigenous American writers read from and discussed their work in a panel discussion. Each writer read from a work of their choice, after which Karenne Wood (Monacan) led a dialogue about Indigenous identity and writing, followed by Q & A and a reception with refreshments. Indigenous Australian writers included Bruce Pascoe (Bunurong, Tasmanian), Jared Thomas (Nukunu), Dub Leffler (Bigambul, Mandandanji), Jeanine Leane (Wiradjuri), Ellen Van Neervan (Yugambeh) and Cathy Craigie (Gamilaroi, Anaiwon) are members of the First Nations Australian Writers Network, an organization that advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers. Indigenous American writers included award-winning poets Karenne Wood (Monacan) of the Virginia Indian Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Deborah Miranda (Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen), who teaches at Washington and Lee University.

Presented in partnership with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the First Nations Australian Writers Network, and the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture.

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