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

Film Screening: Robert's Paintings

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
1:00pm | Fayerweather 102

Film Screening & Discussion

with filmmaker Shelley Niro and musician ElizaBeth Hill

Hosted by ARTH 3595: Indigenous North American Arts with Adriana Greci Green

Robert’s Paintings is about artist Robert Houle. Like many of his generation, Houle was schooled in the residential school system. He expressively talks about his experiences there. He has created a body of work encapsulating his memories from childhood. As an adult and teacher, he uses this opportunity to give witness to his life and the many others who passed through the corridors of what is now known as Canada’s shame.

In the film we will meet friends and family who will share stories about Robert and what his paintings mean to them. This film is about not forgetting and contributing to the collective memory of a nation. It is a celebration.

FREE, open to the public. 

Sponsored by Arts Enhancement Fund for 2017-18 from the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts

Lecture: Ian McLean

Thursday, October 5, 2017
6:00pm | Second Street Gallery

"Indigenous Art: Can it be contemporary art without already being modern?"

Guest Lecture by Ian McLean

Second Street Gallery, 115 Second Street SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Ian McLean is Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History, University of Melbourne and Senior Research Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Wollongong



Artist Talk & Weaving Workshop

with Raymond Bulambula & Joyce Naliyabu
Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00am | Kluge-Ruhe

Schedule of Events

10:00am - Meet-and-greet with Raymond & Joyce
Bodo's Bagels and coffee provided.

10:30am - Artist Talk 
Artist Raymond Bulambula, artist Joyce Naliyabu and art center manager Chris Durkin will discuss bark paintings and other artworks from their community of Milingimbi.

11:15am - Weaving Demonstration
Joyce Naliyabu is a weaver of fish traps, dilly bags and mats, and she will give a weaving workshop following the artist talk. The workshop is free, open to the public, and open to ages 10 and up, but registration is required. REGISTER HERE.

ElizaBeth Hill in Concert

Thursday, September 21, 2017
6:00pm | The Fralin Museum of Art

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


Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture on the Arts of Asia

Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:00pm | CAM 160

Indian Textiles for the Lands Below the Winds: The Trade with Southeast Asia

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.

Exhibition Opening: Julie Gough "Hunting Ground"

Friday, September 8, 2017
5:30pm | Kluge-Ruhe

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

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, Clark Hall

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. 


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