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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Night at the Museum

Monday, August 14, 2017
5pm | Kluge-Ruhe

Night at the Museum with Chamomile and Whiskey

5:00 – 9:00 pm, band goes on at 6 pm
$5 non-members, FREE for members

Join us for Night at the Museum, your opportunity to explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville! In August we’re featuring beer from Hardywood Park Brewery and a few of Charlottesville’s best food trucks. Chamomile and Whiskey, who have played at festivals such as FloydFest and shared the stage with actslike Old Crow Medicine Show and the Infamous Stringdusters, will showcase their eclectic sound that blends Americana and southern rock with Irish, Gypsy and Old-Time influences. The event also has a Kids Zone with Australian-themed children’s activities, as well as a Flat Chat Tour, a ten-minute discussion about an artwork on view by a museum staff member. And all of it happens outside at our beautiful location on Pantops, one of the best hidden spots to watch the sunset in Charlottesville.


Australia: Defending The Ocean

Lecture & Reception
Friday, August 25, 2017
4pm | Brown Library

On Friday, August 25, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection will hold a lecture and reception to open an exhibition titled Australia: Defending the Ocean at the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library.

The exhibition, which has been installed in the Library’s reading room, highlights the ecological disaster created by abandoned and discarded fishing nets off the coast of northeastern Australia. 

Professor Stephen Macko from UVA’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Kluge-Ruhe director Margo Smith will discuss the exhibition from two different perspectives. The lecture will be followed by a Final Fridays reception with refreshments concluding at 7 pm.

Brown Library is located in Clark Hall, 291 McCormick Road, on UVA’s central Grounds. 

Artist Panel: Hear My Voice

Friday, October 13, 2017
VMFA| 6:30pm

Hear My Voice Artist Panel

with Molly Murphy Adams, Jeremy Frey, and Virgil Ortiz

in conversation with Dr. Johanna Minich, Exhibition Curator and Consulting Curator for the Native American Collection, VMFA

Fri, Oct 13, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm 

Leslie Cheek Theater

This conversation will feature three artists whose work is in the exhibition Hear My Voice: Native American Art Past and Present. Topics for discussion will include what these contemporary Native artists see as their role in society today with special consideration of Native communities, and how these artists merge traditional and contemporary ideas and techniques. Time will be included for questions from the audience.

Read more at https://vmfa.museum/calendar/events/hear-voice-artist-panel/#QtikTVL65BhDj9ve.99

VMFA Lecture: Hear My Voice

Thursday, September 7, 2017
VMFA | 6:30pm

Continuing the Conversation: A Guide to Hear My Voice

Thursday, Sep 7 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

With Dr. Johanna Minich, Assistant Curator of Native American Art

Curator Johanna Minich will discuss the original concept and implementation of the special exhibition, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present. Based on the notion of dialogue, the exhibition explores conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures. Dr. Minich will introduce the major themes and highlight featured works in the exhibition.

Read more at https://vmfa.museum/calendar/events/exhibition-opening-lecture-continuing-conversation-guide-hear-voice/#5kG6lh2LYOaMCwXQ.99

Artist Talk: Shelley Niro

Thursday, September 28, 2017
6pm | Campbell Hall 153

Shelley Niro (Mohawk, Six Nations of the Grand River, Brantford, Ontario) is a multimedia artist whose iconic visual narratives incorporate photography, painting, sculpture, poetry, film, and beadwork to disrupt stereotypical representations of Native people as vanishing, the objectification of Native women, the family and community connections between ancestral traditions and contemporary realities of indigenous lived experiences, and to honor, reflect upon and critique historical and contemporary treaty, sovereignty, and land issues.

Niro is visiting UVA as a Visiting Fellow of the Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative along with artist ElizaBeth Hill (Mohawk, Six Nations of the Grand River, Brantford, Ontario.)


Film Screening: Kissed by Lightning

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
5:30pm | Newcomb Theatre

The Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative presents the film "Kissed by Lighting" by celebrated Mohawk filmmaker and artist Shelley Niro. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Niro and musician ElizaBeth Hill, whose music is featured in the film.

Karenne Wood, director of Virginia Indian Programs at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, will moderate the Q&A.

This event is concurrent with Niro's and Hill's residency at UVA as Mellon Indigenous Arts Visiting Fellows. 

View the movie trailer here: https://youtu.be/NhOWdqNmLtw

WINA Interview with Karenne Wood

On Thursday, July 13, Karenne Wood, director of the Virginia Indian Program at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, spoke with local Charlottesville radio station WINA about the Virginia Indian Tribute and her work at VFH. She also mentioned upcoming visiting fellows Shelley Niro and ElizaBeth Hill, who will be in residence at the University of Virginia this Fall. Use the link below to hear the full interview. 


Student Curators Bring Diverse Perspectives to Aboriginal Art in New Exhibition

On July 20th from 5 – 9 pm, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA will open a major new exhibition curated by five undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds that are under-represented in the curatorial profession. The students’ exhibition, titled Songs of a Secret Country, features twenty-three artworks newly donated to Kluge-Ruhe by Stephen and Agatha Luczo.


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