UVA Arts, University of Virginia

Vol 03 Fall 15 Library
Tom Cogill
The Kluge-Ruhe


On Saturday, July 11, 2015 the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia used the universal language of art to tackle one of the most important and challenging issues of our time. The ARTinstead Festival included a full day of pop-up exhibitions, a panel discussion and drop-in art workshops featuring international artists with unique perspectives on the way race impacts all of our lives. Planned and led by Kluge-Ruhe intern Holly Zajur (College ‘15) and museum staff, the event was inspired by Brothers, an exhibition at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of works by renowned Aboriginal artist Tony Albert. Albert uses the common symbol of the target to raise awareness about race-based violence and discrimination in Australia and around the world. Other artists tackling similar issues included Madhavi Reddi and Frank Walker of Charlottesville, and Washington D.C.-based Gerald Cournoyer. Drop-in art workshops led by the artists allowed visitors to appreciate the art and make something of their own. The day wrapped up with a special session of reflection, sharing and discussion, led by Associate Professor Joanna Williams and Lora Henderson (Ph.D. Student Clinical and School Psychology) of UVa’s Curry School of Education, which centered on incidents of race and violence dominating our headlines and our world as of late.

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