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Image, Left to right: Joe Guymala, Lorrkkon Story, 2016. Earth pigments on wood, 84 1/4 in (214 cm). Gabriel Maralngurra, Mimih Spirt Hunting, 2017. Earth pigments on wood, 89 in (226 cm). Joey Nganjmirra, Burrar (Water Goanna) Lorrkkon, 2016. Earth pigments on wood, 74 1/8 in (188 cm). Joe Guymala, Lorrkkon Story, 2016. Earth pigments on wood, 106 1/3 in (270 cm). Joey Nganjmirra, Burrar (Water Goanna) Lorrkkon, 2017. Earth pigments on wood, 93 3/4 in (238 cm). Gabriel Maralngurra, Lorrkkon, 2016. Earth pigments on wood, 86 5/8 in (220 cm). Images copyright and courtesy of Injalak Arts, Kunbarlanja.

The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles

January 24, 2020 to May 24, 2020

The Inside World presents 112 memorial poles by 55 artists from remote Aboriginal communities in the tropical northern region of Australia known as Arnhem Land. Traditionally, these poles—known as lorrkkon, ḏupun, or ḻarrakitj—were used to house the bones of the deceased. Interment in a... Read more

The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles originated at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada and was organized by Henry F. Skerritt, Curator, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. This exhibition is made possible through generous funding from The Fralin Museum of Art Volunteer Board, The UVA Arts Council, The Embassy of Australia, UVA Arts Endowment and Arts$. We also wish to thank the Mapping Indigenous World Lab of the Institute of the Humanities & Global Culture for their programming support to this exhibition.

The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is made possible through generous support of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. We also wish to thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.

Image, Left to right: Joe Guymala, Lorrkkon Story, 2016. Earth pigments on wood, 84 1/4 in (214 cm). Gabriel Maralngurra, Mimih Spirt Hunting, 2017. Earth pigments on wood, 89 in (226 cm). Joey Nganjmirra, Burrar (Water Goanna) Lorrkkon, 2016. Earth pigments on wood, 74 1/8 in (188 cm). Joe Guymala, Lorrkkon Story, 2016. Earth pigments on wood, 106 1/3 in (270 cm). Joey Nganjmirra, Burrar (Water Goanna) Lorrkkon, 2017. Earth pigments on wood, 93 3/4 in (238 cm). Gabriel Maralngurra, Lorrkkon, 2016. Earth pigments on wood, 86 5/8 in (220 cm). Images copyright and courtesy of Injalak Arts, Kunbarlanja.

Image: John Lawrence Doyle, American, b. 1939. Story Book War from the portfolio Sharpshooters 76, 1975. Lithograph, edition 54/76, 29 1/2 x 41 3/4 in (74.9 x 106 cm). The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Gift of Richard A. Brodie, class of 1978, 1978.43.3. © Estate of John Lawrence Doyle.

Figures of Memory

January 24, 2020 to May 24, 2020

In response to The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles, this exhibition highlights works in The Fralin’s permanent collection in which twentieth and twenty-first century artists have tackled history and the challenges of collective memory. Figures of Memory... Read more

The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is made possible through generous support of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. We also wish to thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.

Image: John Lawrence Doyle, American, b. 1939. Story Book War from the portfolio Sharpshooters 76, 1975. Lithograph, edition 54/76, 29 1/2 x 41 3/4 in (74.9 x 106 cm). The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Gift of Richard A. Brodie, class of 1978, 1978.43.3. © Estate of John Lawrence Doyle.