2017 Curatorial Research Project
Curatorial students and staff. Photo by Tom Cogill, courtesy of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
The Summer Curatorial Research Project 2017 participants were Caitlyn Keeve (California), Rosalba Ponce (California), India Ferguson (Florida), Imani Williford (New York), and Jake Martin (Oklahoma). Henry Skerritt, Curator of Indigenous Arts of Australia at Kluge-Ruhe, led the students' curatorial practicum, which consisted of researching and curating an exhibition from start to finish. Each student researched several paintings or sculptures that were recently donated to Kluge-Ruhe by Stephen and Agatha Luczo. Then, the students wrote and edited content for wall labels, gallery panels, and catalog essays. The final exhibition is titled "Songs of a Secret Country" and will be on display at Kluge-Ruhe until July 1, 2018.
In addition to the curatorial practicum, students attended museum practice workshops and lectures at The Fralin Museum of Art on topics such as art handling, conservation, and museum education. The students also visited several area museums including the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Reservation in King William, VA, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA, Monticello in Charlottesville, VA, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. During these field trips, students met with museum professionals and got the chance to go behind the scenes in collections storage!