Special Projects at Kluge-Ruhe

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.