Special Projects at Kluge-Ruhe

Indigenous Film Program at the 2013 Virginia Film Festival • Thursday November 21, 2013

November 2013

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection presented two Indigenous films, Satellite Boy and Uvanga, at the 2013 Virginia Film Festival. Director and filmmaker Catriona McKenzie gave a brief talk about her film Satellite Boy and answered questions after the film. Artist Sam Welty created the mural featured in the video below on the Community Chalkboard in Charlottesville, Virginia to promote the screenings.

Click here to see the mural timelapse from the Virginia Film Festival.

Presented in partnership with UVA Arts Council.

David Bosun Artist Residency • Tuesday October 1, 2013

September 2013

David Bosun (Mualgal) is a printmaker and woodcarver from Moa Island in the Torres Strait. The highlight of Bosun’s residency was the creation of a traditional ceremonial pole, which was carved over the course of three weeks in collaboration with sculpture students in the McIntire Department of Art. Several weeks before Bosun’s arrival in Charlottesville, Virginia, a pecan tree measured to be over 200 years old had to be cut down, and it was from this wood that the sculpture was made. The tree was purportedly planted by Thomas Jefferson, who owned the property during his lifetime. In addition to this project and the exhibition of his work at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, Bosun discussed the breadth of his sculpture and print practice in an artist talk, and guest-lectured at a number of university courses in the disciplines of Printmaking, Dance, Anthropology, Art History, Linguistics, and Astronomy. Before a crowd of over 200 people in the museum’s scenic back lawn, Bosun performed a traditional Mualgal dance to music sacred to his people while painted up in costume.

Click here to see David Bosun talk about his work.

This residency has been presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts.

Yhonnie Scarce Artist Residency • Tuesday September 11, 2012

September 2012

Yhonnie Scarce (Kokatha/Nukunu) visited the University of Virginia as an artist-in-residence in 2012. Scarce’s residency included an Artist Talk, a guided tour of What They Wanted, the exhibition of her work at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, and a public reception. She also worked on a collaborative project with students in William Bennett’s sculpture courses at UVA and Charles Hall’s Frozen Motion Glass Studio at McGuffey Art Center.

Click here to see Yhonnie Scarce’s work in What They Wanted.
Click here to download a copy of the brochure that accompanied her exhibition.

Presented in partnership with Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Brisbane.

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