Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection Exhibition: Defending the Ocean

  • Dates: September 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Location: Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library in Clark Hall
  • Address: 291 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone: (434) 244-0234
  • Price: FREE

On view in the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library in Clark Hall is an exhibition of twenty-one sculptures and prints by contemporary Indigenous artists that celebrates the central importance of the ocean to human life and responds to its current threats. In northeastern Australia, plastic abandoned fishing nets are trapping and killing the rich array of marine life, eventually drifting to the bottom of the sea, suffocating the seabed and coral reefs. To raise awareness about the long-term damage to marine environment caused by these “ghost nets,” Indigenous artists from Pormpuraaw are repurposing the nets into sculptures for the fine art market. On view from Tuesday, August 1st 2017-Tuesday, January 2nd 2018.