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Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal Art. Working with living artists, international scholars and arts professionals, we provide a wide range of learning experiences to the University community and the public through exhibition, research and educational programs. The museum was established through a gift by American businessman John W. Kluge in 1997. Influenced by the Dreamings exhibition in New York, Kluge began collecting Aboriginal art in 1988. He compiled one of the finest private collections of Australian Aboriginal art in the world with a focus on contemporary works from Arnhem Land and the Western Desert. In 1993, Kluge purchased the collection and archives of the late Professor Edward L. Ruhe of Lawrence, Kansas. Ruhe began collecting Aboriginal art while visiting Australia as a Fulbright Scholar in 1965. He exhibited his collection widely in the United States between 1966 and 1977. Ruhe’s library and archives comprise the core of the Kluge-Ruhe Study Center. Free admission and parking. Open to the public. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday, 1 – 5 pm

Amenities
Bus Parking
Casual Dress
Child Friendly
Handicapped Accessible
Smoke Free Environment
General
Addl Info Tour Planners We offer a free guided tour every Saturday at 10:30 am.
Free Admission
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Aboriginal Art Tour

  • From: May 04, 2013
  • Times: 10:30 AM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Collection each Saturday at 10:30 am for a free, guided tour of the museum's current exhibitions. No reservations required.


Art and Country

  • From: May 15, 2015 - May 08, 2016
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Art and Country is a diverse selection of works on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark drawn from the Kluge-Ruhe’s permanent collection. The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with “country,” their homeland. Many artists represent features of the landscape to communicate their ongoing connection to their ancestral land and the Dreaming. Other artists raise awareness about the dispossessio... Visit Website


"Brothers" by Tony Albert

  • From: May 26, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

"Brothers," by Tony Albert, a Girramay man from north Queensland, Australia, is a single installation containing twenty-six photographs of young Aboriginal men. Each man’s chest bears a red target, but Albert has also painted the photographs with designs and symbols he associates with strength and resistance. These works respond to incidents of police violence toward Aboriginal people. Specifically, Albert was inspired by events that took place in Sydney in 2012, where two teen... Visit Website


Night at the Museum

  • From: June 18, 2015 - September 17, 2015
  • Times: 5pm-9pm, band goes on at 6
  • Phone: 424-244-0234

5:00 – 9:00 pm, band goes on at 6 pm $5 non-members, FREE for members Join us for Night at the Museum, your opportunity to explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food and music in Charlottesville! With food trucks, beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and music from local band, Bourbon Barrel Congress, this event is not to be missed. Not a member? Now is your chance to become one! A special membership offer of $25 per household will be available at the door.... Visit Website


Tots and Dots

  • August 04, 2015
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

10 am, 11 am, or 1 pm First Tuesday of each month Registration required Join the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for this two-part early visual literacy program for children ages six months to four years. The first twenty minutes will feature a brief tour focusing on basic elements of visual art and ways to further stimulate visual and interpretive development in young children. Each month features a different theme. According to early childhood development studies, infants and toddlers... Visit Website


Curator's Talk with Kimberley Moulton

  • August 05, 2015
  • Times: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Wednesday, August 5, 7 pm Kimberley Moulton will discuss her curatorial practice over the seven years and the upcoming exhibition she is curating of bark paintings by celebrated artist and community leader Djambawa Marawali. She is the first recipient of an international indigenous curatorial fellowship from the Wesfarmers Arts and the National Gallery of Australia. Moulton, a Yorta-Yorta woman, has spent the last six years as Curator and Project Officer of the Birrarung Gallery, the contempora... Visit Website


Night at the Museum with The Sally Rose Band

  • August 20, 2015
  • Times: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

5:00 – 9:00 pm, band goes on at 6 pm Join us for Night at the Museum, your opportunity to explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food and music in Charlottesville! With food trucks, beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and music from local band The Sally Rose Band, this family-friendly event is not to be missed. Not a member? Now is your chance to become one! A special membership offer of $25 per household will be available at the door. In addition to free ad... Visit Website


Night at the Museum with The Smiling Islanders

  • September 17, 2015
  • Times: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

5:00 – 9:00 pm, band goes on at 6 pm Join us for Night at the Museum, your opportunity to explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food and music in Charlottesville! With food trucks, beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and music from UVa student band The Smiling Islanders, this event is not to be missed. Not a member? Now is your chance to become one! A special membership offer of $25 per household will be available at the door. In addition to free admission ... Visit Website