Learn about the work and career of Mohawk artist and filmmaker Shelley Niro in this article by Murray Whyte for the Toronto Star.
Visiting Fellow Raymond Bulambula guides a UVA art student in making a "Marratjirri" Morning Star Pole.
Fayerweather Hall, McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
The Fralin Museum of Art, the Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative, and the McIntire Department of Music of the University of Virginia present ElizaBeth Hill in Concert.
ElizaBeth Hill (Mohawk) is a singer-songwriter whose music reflects both her Native background and her past experience living and working in Nashville, Tennessee. Hill writes lyrics in both English and Mohawk and composes music for dance, theatre, and film. Hill is visiting the University at a Mellon Indigenous Artist in Residence along with fellow artist Shelley Niro (Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Kanien’kehaka Mohawk Nation).
This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP 434.243.2050
Ruth Barnes, Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery
6:00pm, Campbell Hall 160
Ruth Barnes is Senior Curator of the Yale University Art Gallery’s newly endowed Department of Indo-Pacific Art. She earned her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, based on her research in eastern Indonesia. Prior to her appointment at Yale, Barnes was textile curator at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, where she focused on early Indian Ocean trade networks. She has written extensively on Indonesian weaving and related art forms, including Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt and The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum. She co-authored Trade, Temple and Court, and Indian Textiles from the Tapi Collection, and co-edited Five Hundred Years of Indonesian Textiles.
Additional support provided by the Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia.
Join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of Julie Gough’s exhibition, Hunting Ground, Friday, September 8, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Julie Gough's exhibition explores the absence of signs and monuments memorializing the history of genocide and massacres that occurred throughout Tasmania.
The opening will also include a brief performance of traditional Yolngu singing by artist Djambawa Marawalu AM and Wäka Mununggurr, both Yolngu ceremonial leaders, who are currently visiting the Kluge-Ruhe as curatorial researchers working on an upcoming exhibition of Yolngu bark paintings.
Refreshments will be provided, no reservations are needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shelley Niro (Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Kanien’kehaka Mohawk Nation) 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," to address the objectification of Native women, to explore 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. She recently received two prestigious Canadian art awards, the 2017 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and the Scotiabank Photography Award.
Niro is visiting UVA as a Mellon Indigenous Artist in Residence along with artist ElizaBeth Hill (Mohawk).