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Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Glass ShieldTipi: Heritage of the Great Plains opens February 18 and continues until May 15, 2011 at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor).
I was asked to make a glass shield inspired by one owned by Rain in the Face. His family gave the museum and myself the go-ahead to do so, as a tipi liner painted by Rain in the Face resides in the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
From the BMA site:  “Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains focuses on the tipi as the center of Plains culture and social, religious, and creative traditions from the early nineteenth century to the present. The exhibition examines the tipi as an architectural form, an expression of Plains artistic and cultural identity, and an interior space for domestic and ritual use. Tipi features more than 160 objects from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection of Plains material, as well as selected works from other museums; objects by contemporary Plains artists; and three full-size tipis, two with furnished interiors.

The exhibition includes objects from a large number of tribes from the Northern, Central, and Southern Plains. Organized thematically, it explores the role of women, who were the owners of the tipi and makers of the tipi itself as well the furnishings, clothing, and accessories kept within it; the traditional role of men as warriors, whose military exploits are depicted on tipi covers and liners; and the tipi as the center of childhood and family life.

In addition to historical and contemporary objects, the exhibition includes photographs of contemporary Plains family and community life and images of contemporary Native American architecture inspired by the tipi form.”

Soul Sister

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Soul Sister: Re-imagining Kateri Tekakwitha opened January 14th at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

Check it out if you’re in town. My installation “All People are Tears of God” is on display there until March 21, 2011.

35th Anniversary of American Indian Art Magazine

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

vol36_num1_lrg American Indian Art magazine celebrates 35 years with 35 artist profiles.

In it, check out some of my dear friends and esteemed colleagues. Alphabetically I came in at number two, that means I have to try harder.

Winter in NYC

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The National Museum of the American Indian in New York hosts its annual Art Market Saturday and Sunday, December 4 – 5, 2010.  The market in New York will be held at the George Gustav Heye Center, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 the Diker Pavilion. Admission is free. I’ll be there selling my latest selection of beaded bracelets and buckles.  (Incidentally, my glass horse mask will also still be on display in the exhibit A Song for the Horse Nation)

The NMAI in NYC is located in the old custom's house near Battery Park.

The NMAI in NYC is located in the old custom's house near Battery Park.

Freedom of Information: The FBI, Indian Country and Surveillance

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

forfreedom1Indian Country has a much more intimate relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation than most of America. The 1885 Seven Major Crimes Act gave the FBI jurisdiction over reservations when dealing with such major crimes as murder. In the 1960s and 1970s, the FBI also famously launched COINTELPRO, a covert program to undermine activist organizations that the government deemed threatening, particularly Native American rights organizations. Families, even loosely affiliated with activist organizations, were followed, monitored, and harassed.

Today the federal government conducts warrantless wiretapping under the Obama administration. The intrusive surveillance familiar to Indian Country is now experienced by all US citizens. Equally disturbing is the amount of information about ourselves that we freely give away to corporations via social networking.

This art show explores the personal experiences of artists who have been incarcerated, threatened, attacked, or spied upon by the FBI, but also artists who have worked with the FBI as prosecutors and who have been helped by the FBI in investigations. Artists explore the effect of these experiences on their personal lives. We also examine how, due to technological advances, surveillance has become utterly ubiquitous and even accepted in today’s world. What does this lack of privacy mean to us individually and collectively? How does it change our behavior? And where ultimately will it lead us?

Opens Friday, April 30 from 6-9 p.m. at Ahalenia Studios and closes with a reception on Sunday, May 16 from 2-4 p.m.