Raymond Bulambula

Visiting Fellow Raymond Bulambula guides a UVA art student in making a "Marratjirri" Morning Star Pole.

Fayerweather Studio

Fayerweather Hall, McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia

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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

Fralin

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Film | Through The Repellent Fence

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7pm | Violet Crown

The Fralin Downtown Film Series presents

Through the Repellent Fence

 

74min. Directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas. 
Starring Postcommodity

THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE follows art collective Postcommodity as they strive to construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who "put land art in a tribal context.” Aided by the communities on both sides of the border in 2015 the artists installed a series of 28 huge inflatable spheres emblazoned with an insignia known as the “open eye” that has existed in Indigenous cultures from South America to Canada for thousands of years. The spheres were evenly spaced apart and extended north and south of the border a mile in each direction. “It’s a metaphorical suture stitching together cultures that have inhabited these lands long before borders were drawn.” 

The film provides an intimate glimpse into the arduous process behind creating an ambitious artwork that will give voice to the shared history and enduring culture of Indigenous societies that have made the region their home for thousands of years before a border ever divided it. Woven throughout this narrative thread are lush scenes using stunning cinematography to absorb viewers into striking land art environments that have preceded Post Commodity’s work. Scenes with other artists and intellectuals working in the land art realm provide context and insight as well. These include scenes with Chris Taylor of Texas Tech University’s Land Arts of the American West program, writer Lucy Lippard and Matt Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation.

 

 

Artist Talk: Carol McGregor

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Kluge-Ruhe | 6:00pm

In this exhibition, Wathaurung artist Carol McGregor explores the ways Aboriginal people have been both romanticized and suppressed. By embroidering on tea towels and sewing together possum skins, she questions which objects serve as true containers of Indigenous identity, and which are misrepresenting it on a mass scale. She will visit Charlottesville February 1 – 27 as an artist-in-residence in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts. McGregor holds a Bachelor’s in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art and Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art and is pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy from Griffith University in Brisbane. 

Thursday, February 22, 6:00 pm, registration required

Opening Reception: Carol McGregor

Friday, February 9, 2018
Kluge-Ruhe | 5:30-7:30pm

Carol McGregor: Repositories of Recognition

In this exhibition, Wathaurung artist Carol McGregor explores the ways Aboriginal people have been both romanticized and suppressed. By embroidering on tea towels and sewing together possum skins, she questions which objects serve as true containers of Indigenous identity, and which are misrepresenting it on a mass scale. She will visit Charlottesville February 1 – 27 as an artist-in-residence in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts. McGregor holds a Bachelor’s in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art and Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art and is pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy from Griffith University in Brisbane. 

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