Bury My Art At Wounded Knee take-away.
Bury My Art At Wounded Knee take-away.
After weeks of preparation, BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex opened in Portland, OR last nite @ Pacific Northwest College of Art.
This is a show about language & endurance, validation & resistance, and a much-needed conversation in a city that is predominantly white; more importantly though, in an institution that lacks culturally diverse perspectives in art production and history making. In the four years I attended PNCA there hadn’t been an exhibition dedicated to the Indigenous peoples of this continent. Neither has there been a course dedicated to Indigenous art, history, writing, lived experience, or otherwise. I was told that sometimes “we” (I took this as people with a history of being oppressed by the dominant culture) need to bring water to a village in need. I don’t think that way. And I hope this show brought on the rain.
Thanks to all the artists and to all the hands that labored away over the last few days. There was a lot of laughter and good music and it was so magical.
The show will run from December 05th - 28th, 2013. If you happen to be in the Portland area, please come see the work of these phenomenal artists and warriors!
Through visual, written, & speech-based forms of cultural representation, Bury My Art At Wounded Knee aims to explore, and thereby challenge, contemporary notions of Native art. The main objective of the exhibition is to acknowledge Indigenous resistance through the origins of the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.), Native north american political art, & present day issues in Native america.
It is dedicated to the long legacy of Native north american artists, warriors, activists, writers, & visionaries, in order to provide an adaptable platform for future exhibitions, projects, manifestations, & uprising.
: R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment :
Established in 2010, through a heightened awareness of the atrocities that have resulted from patriarchal colonization. The seeds of the collective have been planted firmly in the ground since the onslaught of european madness. At its foundation, R.I.S.E. is invested in the education, perseverance, & dissemination of Native north american art, activism, writing, history, storytelling & lived experience. R.I.S.E. is a call to action yielding multiple tools including photographs, paint, wheatpaste, clay, beadwork, dancing, words, voices,
sounds, ritual, & more.
Poster measures 11’ x 17”
Isketayo Sewow (Cree Call), 1974
Wendy Red Star
"Wendy Red Star was born in Billings, Montana just outside of the Crow Indian reservation where she was raised. She grew up in a multi-cultural family. Her mother is of Irish decent, her father a full blood Crow Indian and her older sister is Korean. Wendy left the Crow Indian reservation when she was eighteen to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where she studied sculpture. She then went on to earn her MFA in sculpture at UCLA. Wendy currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she is an adjunct professor of art at Portland State University.
Wendy Red Star’s work explores the intersection between life on the Crow Indian reservation and the world outside of that environment. She thinks of herself as a Crow Indian cultural archivist speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.”
Working title for my thesis paper (in progress).
”I remember a few things that get lost in the dirt. The dirt is in the Chʼínílį’ valley, where Tséyi pours out and into the landscape of the southwestern north american continent. I remember creation stories being woven into the fabric of my childhood, and the stories my mother told of the trickster coyote as my father drove toward the direction of an imaginary boundary between the state of new mexico and Dinétah. The stars were tossed from a bag, mortality determined by the sinking of a rock, and our emergence into the Fourth World, Nilhalgi, was through a reed hollowed out by Woodpecker.”
Come listen to me speak words about BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE at my BFA thesis defense.
BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex is a Native north american art exhibition that celebrates contemporary Indigenous art production on and off the imaginary boundaries of modern day Indian Reservations.
If you can’t make it to the oral defense, please come to the exhibition/gallery opening later on that evening from 6 - 8 PM.