On July 18, 2019, Kluge-Ruhe will open its newest exhibition of works from the permanent collection, an exhibition of fiber art from Gapuwiyak, Northern Australia. These baskets, dilly bags, mats, sculptures and necklaces are a recent gift to the museum by anthropologist Louise Hamby, who has undertaken field work and research with artists of Gapuwiyak for more than 30 years.
The exhibition will be curated by six students from universities across the United States. As part of the UVA Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative, this project trains the next generation of curators to address the pressing lack of diversity in museum practice.
Louise Hamby and artist Lucy Malirrimurruwuy Wanapuyngu will visit Kluge-Ruhe for the exhibition’s curation and opening reception, which will occur on July 18th at Night at the Museum.
SOURCE: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.