Summer 2017

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 and met museum professionals at 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.

Photo: 2017 Summer Curatorial students Imani Williford, India Ferguson, Caitlyn Keeve, Jake Martin, and Rosalba Ponce select a painting to include in their exhibition "Songs of a Secret Country" at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia. This painting, "Wati Nyiru Munu Wati Wanka" (2011) by Harry Tjutjuna, is one of a recent gift of 23 artworks given to the Kluge-Ruhe by San Francisco philanthropists Stephen and Agatha Luczo. Photo by Lauren Maupin. 

Summer Curatorial participants Rosalba Ponce and Caitlyn Keeve in the gallery with graduate student mentors Lee Block and Macario Garcia. Photo by Tom Cogill.