Raymond Bulambula

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

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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

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The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Exceptionally Creative: A Virtual Tour of Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Lecture by Adriana Greci Green
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
6:00 pm, Campbell Hall 158/ UVA School of Architecture

Fralin curator of the Indigenous Arts of the Americas Adriana Greci Green presents the groundbreaking exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists (on view at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery February 21- May 17, 2020), the first to recognize the significant artistic achievements of Indigenous women across North America from the ancient past to the present. A member of the exhibition's Advisory Board, Greci Green will discuss the unique collaborative curatorial process that sustained the development of the exhibition and how Legacy, Relationships, and Power emerged as the core themes to frame the creative output of Native women artists. Highlights of the exhibition, which features textiles, baskets, beadwork, pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation art, will include the work of artists who have visited the Fralin Museum as Mellon Indigenous Art Fellows. Lecture is free and open to the public.

RELATED EVENTS IN WASHINGTON DC:
February 21, 12:00 pm, Gallery Talk with curators Jill Ahlberg Yohe and Teri Greeves, Renwick Gallery, details here.
March 28, 2:00 - 5:30 pm, Symposium: Thoughts of our People from Hearts of our People, National Museum of the American Indian. Free, seating is first-come, first-served. Details here.

Artist Talk: Brian Robinson

Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 pm, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection/ 400 Worrell Drive

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection presents Brian Robinson: tithuyil (moving with the rhythm of the stars), a selection of prints and sculptural works by Brian Robinson. The graphic style in Robinson's practice combines his Torres Strait Islander heritage with a strong passion for experimentation, both in theoretical approach and medium, as well as crossing the boundaries between reality and fantasy. The results combine styles as diverse as graffiti art through to intricate relief carvings and construction sculpture echoing images of Torres Strait cultural motifs, objects and activity. 

Robinson is visiting Charlottesville through March 8 as a resident artist. This exhibition and residency have been supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Mossenson Galleries and the Embassy of Australia.

Read more about Robinson and the exhibition here.

Opening Reception for Brian Robinson: tithuyil (moving with the rhythm of the stars)

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:30-7:30 pm, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection/ 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection as we celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, Brian Robinson: tithuyil (moving with the rhythm of the stars). Torres Strait artist Brian Robinson will be present for comments and questions. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. No reservations are required. Read more about the exhibition here.

Charlottesville Aboriginal art exhibitions featured in C-ville: Down Under, Up Above

Excellent coverage of Charlottesville's city-wide celebration of Aboriginal art in the C-Ville Weekly of Jan 22, 2020:

Down under, up above: A wealth of Indigenous Australian art comes to Charlottesville this winter

"This week, something extraordinary will happen in Charlottesville: Four exhibitions of contemporary Aboriginal Australian art will open in four different venues across town, bringing the total number of such exhibitions currently on view to six. And a seventh will open in mid-February."

Gallery Tour with artist Brian Robinson: Tithuyil (Moving with the Rhythm of the Stars)

Saturday, February 15, 2020
10:30 am, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection/ 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville

On February 11, Kluge-Ruhe will open Brian Robinson: tithuyil (moving with the rhythm of the stars), a selection of Robinson's prints and sculptural works from the last several years. The graphic style in his practice combines his Torres Strait Islander heritage with a strong passion for experimentation, both in theoretical approach and medium, as well as crossing the boundaries between reality and fantasy. Read more here.

Brian Robinson will visit the Kluge-Ruhe Collection as a resident artist from February 8 – March 8, 2020. He will work with UVA students in the printmaking and sculpture studios at UVA, and will give a number of public talks. Don't miss this special gallery tour guided by the artist himself!

Final Fridays Reception: The Inside World

Friday, January 31, 2020
5:30-7:30 pm, The Fralin Museum of Art/ 155 Rugby Road

Meet visiting artists Gabriel Maralngurra and Joe Guymala at this Final Fridays reception featuring The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA. The Inside World presents 112 memorial poles by 55 artists from remote Aboriginal communities in the tropical northern region of Australia known as Arnhem Land. Traditionally, these poles—known as lorrkkon, ḏupun, or ḻarrakitj—were used to house the bones of the deceased. Today, these poles are made as works of art, and artists included in the exhibition are some of the most respected contemporary artists working in Australia today. Read more about this exhibition, which opens January 24, 2020 and runs until May 24.

Opening Reception: Munguyhmunguyh (Forever)

Saturday, January 25, 2020
3:30 - 5:00pm, UVA Rotunda, Upper West Oval Room

Munguyhmunguyh (Forever): Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the John W Kluge Injalak Commission (January 24 - April 5) presents 7 works painted with natural pigments on paper from Kunbarlanja in northern Australia, inspired by rock art in the region. Visiting Australian Indigenous artists Gabriel Maralngurra and Joe Guymala will attend the opening reception.

In September 1990, the American businessman and philanthropist John W. Kluge was approached with a proposal to commission forty-five works on paper by the leading artists of the newly formed Injalak Arts and Crafts Association. This would become Kluge’s second major commission of Indigenous Australian art and represented a critical turning point in the art of the region. Munguyhmunguyh (Forever) presents five works from Kluge's original commission, plus two newly commissioned works by the contemporary artists Joe Guymala and Gabriel Maralngurra. 

Read more about the exhibition here.

 

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