Special Projects at Kluge-Ruhe

Ricardo Idagi Artist Residency • Monday September 15, 2014


September – October 2014

Ricardo Idagi (Magarem) is a ceramicist and sculptor who grew up on Mer (Murray Island) in the Torres Strait and Townsville in north Queensland. During his residency, Idagi gave several gallery tours of his exhibition, gave a public artist talk at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, and spoke about his art practice at local ceramics studio City Clay. Idagi led a mask-making workshop with more than 100 participants of all ages at McGuffey Art Center and worked with students in William Bennett’s sculpture courses at UVA to make headdresses inspired by the techniques used to make traditional headdresses called dari.

Click here to see a video about Ricardo Idagi’s residency by Chris Farina titled Making the Spirit Visible.
Click here to download a copy of the brochure that accompanied his exhibition.

Presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts.

Nici Cumpston Artist Residency • Saturday March 15, 2014


March – April 2014

Nici Cumpston (Barkindji) is a photographer, painter and curator from Adelaide. During her residency, Cumpston lectured to photography courses at UVA and spoke to the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Seminar Series on how fine art photography can raise awareness of environmental destruction and degradation. Cumpston also presented a Flash Seminar about crime scene photography and taught two sessions of an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) class on “Indigenous Photography in Australia”. At the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, Cumpston participated in a local advisory council meeting and consulted with the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph.

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

Presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts and Embassy of Australia.

William Barton Showcase • Wednesday March 5, 2014


February 2014

In February 2014, Aboriginal composer and musician William Barton (Bidjara) visited Charlottesville for several special performances. For over twenty years, Barton has practiced as a performer of the extended technique of the didgeridoo. At UVA’s Culbreth Theatre, he performed three compositions, including several with Charlottesville High School Orchestra String Ensemble, led by Laura Mulligan Thomas. He also performed in collaboration with the UVA McIntire String Quartet as a speaker at TEDxUVA and for the Aussie Bush Banquet, a benefit dinner for the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

Click here to see William Barton performing Didge-fusion.
Click here to see William and Delmae Barton’s performance of Birdsong at Dusk with CHSO.
Click here to see William Barton and CHSO perform Barton’s original score Petrichore.
Click here to see William Barton performing Danzas de Panama by William Grant Still with CHSO.

Presented in partnership with UVA Parents Fund Committee, McIntire Department of Music, and Charlottesville High School Orchestra.

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