May 18 – August 26, 2012
On May 18, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection opens a new exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art titled People of Substance by Jason Wing. This exhibition includes a variety of site-specific installations by the artist, including Blacktown Dreaming, a bed composed of hypodermic syringes. People of Substance explores the idea that drug and alcohol abuse among Aboriginal people is a by-product of colonization, and addresses the fact that this is often overlooked by mainstream Australia. Rather than reinforce negative stereotypes, Wing aims to openly address the issue of addiction in regards to both Aboriginal Australia and the wider community.
Wing is a Sydney-based artist of Chinese (Cantonese) and Aboriginal (Biripi) heritage. In early 2012, Wing launched a major public art commission titled In Between Two Worlds for the City of Sydney, which engulfs a 200-meter lane in the heart of the Chinatown precinct. After leaving Charlottesville, Wing will participate in a seminar presented at New York University by the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research (INDAAR) on the future of Asian art. He is represented by Arc One Gallery in Melbourne. In addition to his ongoing art practice, he is an art therapist for people with physical and mental disabilities.
July 5, 2011 – August 5, 2012
History in the Making: Aboriginal Art of the Twentieth Century presents a chronological look at Aboriginal art from the 1960s to the present. The exhibition features paintings on bark and canvas, sculpture and limited edition prints from Kluge-Ruhe Collection. It explores the changing perceptions of Aboriginal art over the last seventy years, from the early production of bark art, which was regarded as ethnographic, to the international recognition of contemporary Aboriginal art in the fine art world.
On view in the lobby of the Fralin Museum of Art are two acrylic paintings by Kathleen Petyarre and Gloria Petyarre of Utopia, Northern Territory. A selection of seventeen objects, including sculpture, bark paintings and musical instruments are on display in the Fralin’s Object Study Gallery on the second floor.
The Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library of U.Va. is currently exhibiting eight prints from the heron island suite series by Aboriginal artist Judy Watson. This exhibition originally acted as a satellite exhibition for the heron island suite exhibition at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in the fall of 2011. For more information on this exhibition, see our special projects page.
Three textual artworks by Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee are installed on U.Va. Grounds, in Newcomb Hall on the first floor, in the lobby of the International Residence College at U.Va. and at Brooks Hall Commons.