Special Projects at Kluge-Ruhe

The ARTinstead Festival • Saturday July 11, 2015

July 2015

This event was an opportunity for the Charlottesville community to explore their role in the ongoing local, national, and international dialogues about race and identity. ARTinstead included drop-in art workshops, community dialogue, and a panel discussion with artists who address issues of race and identity in their work. Participating artists included Tony Albert (Girramay, Indigenous Australian), Gerald Cournoyer (Oglala Lakota, Native American), Frank Walker (African-American), and Madhavi Reddi (Indian-American). Together, we celebrated, respected, and learned about diverse cultures and identities in observance of NAIDOC Week, a holiday that honors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history.

Listen to the ARTinstead Panel Discussion on Race and Identity here. More information on the festival can also be found here.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Australia and UVA College Council.

Judy Watson's TEDx Talk • Wednesday November 5, 2014

November 2014

The second annual TEDxCharlottesville event took place in November of 2014 at the Paramount Theater on the historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall. During this event, several speakers had the opportunity to share their “ideas worth spreading,” all of which revolved around the event’s theme, “RefleXions.” Among these speakers was Judy Watson (Waanyi), an Aboriginal artist who was previously an artist-in-residence at Kluge-Ruhe Collection in October 2011. Watson spoke to a sold-out crowd of 1040 people, where she discussed memories of her family’s heritage and struggles they faced, growing up as Aboriginal people. She also spoke about experimental beds, a project inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s architectural drawings and academical village. These prints were a collaborative effort with the University of Virginia’s Professor Dean Dass and Advanced Printmaking class, which incorporate Jefferson’s drawings of the Rotunda and Pavilions, along with Watson’s own sketches.

Listen to Judy Watson’s TEDx talk here.

Indigenous Film Program at the 2014 Virginia Film Festival • Saturday November 1, 2014

November 2014

For the 2014 Virginia Film Festival, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection presented an Aboriginal Australian film titled Ringtone, an Indigenous American film titled Drunktown’s Finest and a Maori film titled What We Do in the Shadows.

The filmmakers of Ringtone, Jennifer Deger, Warren Gurruwiwi and Enid Burungulmiwuy Wungungmurra of Miyarrka Media, and the writer and director of Drunktown’s Finest, Sydney Freeland, attended the festival for post-screening discussions about the films.

What We Do in the Shadows, written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.

Presented in partnership with the UVA Arts Council.

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