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Reko Rennie @ Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia

Exhibit curated by Stephen Gilchrist
January 28 – April 4, 2011

Video produced by Squid and Beard

Click here for more information about the exhibition.


John W. Kluge, 1914-2010

Today the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia honoured the passing of their museum founder, John W. Kluge, with a tribute on their website. He died yesterday at age 95.

This month we will be celebrating Kluge’s life and contribution to Aboriginal art by reading an article by Margo Smith about his art collection.

Figure-skating + “Aboriginal dance” + Vancouver Olympics = ???

As many of you have already seen, or heard, an ice-skating duo performed a controversial “Aboriginal dance” in the Vancouver Olympics on Saturday, 20 February. For a video of the performance and Tom Reilly’s article from The Age following their performance in Saint Petersburg in February, click here.

Astonishingly, they took the same routine to Vancouver, despite receiving advice to modify their costumes and music to be less offensive. Review, “Russian ice dancers’ routine should have been iced,” by Leslie Thompson of the Calgary Herald, here.

Bev Manton, chairwoman of the New South Wales Land Council was quoted by The Australian newspaper as saying, “Aboriginal people for very good reason are sensitive about their cultural objects and icons being co-opted by non-Aboriginal people – whether they are from Australia or Russia,” and “it’s important for people to tread carefully and respectfully when they are depicting somebody else’s culture and I don’t think this performance does.” Indeed.

Exciting News! Installation of Contemporary Aboriginal Painting Opens at Metropolitan Museum

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art Press Room, this was posted on December 11, 2009 but I didn’t see it until today (thank you to my source):

Installation dates: December 15, 2009 – June 13, 2010
Location: The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing corridor, first floor, opposite Modern Art

An installation of 14 bold and colorful paintings created by contemporary Aboriginal Australian artists will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 15. Drawn from a U. S. private collection, Contemporary Aboriginal Painting from Australia will provide an introduction to Aboriginal painting, which has become Australia’s most celebrated contemporary art movement and has attained prominence within the international art world. The installation will present works created primarily over the past decade by artists from the central desert, where the contemporary painting movement began, and from adjoining regions, to which the movement spread. The works on view—all of which have never before been on public display Continue reading

Announcing a new School of Culture and Communication Reading Group!

This blog is to keep participants of the new School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne Aboriginal Art Reading Group up to snuff on our monthly readings. As the group gets underway it will hopefully evolve into a forum for discussion.

Please join us for the inaugural Aboriginal Art Reading Group on Monday, December 14 at 5:30pm, Room G38, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, the University of Melbourne.

This group will meet monthly to read articles, talk about exhibitions and share ideas about Australian Aboriginal art.

This reading group is established and supported by staff and students from the Art History Department and the Indigenous Studies Department in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne and is open to staff, students and interested members of the public.

To join the list serve or if you have questions/ comments/ suggestions, please email: Kira Randolph: or Dr Susan Lowish.