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Art for a New Understanding, Native Voices 1950s to Now

Co-curated by Mindy Besaw, Candice Hopkins and Manuella Well-Off-Man

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

October 6, 2018 - January 7, 2019


The exhibition features over 80 artworks from the 1950s to today, including paintings, photography, video, sculptures, performance art, and more, all created by Indigenous US and Canadian artists. A full colour catalogue was produced by University of Arkansas Press. 


As a part of Art for a New Understanding, Native Voices 1950s to Now, I produced a video installation, Untitled (for Sonya Kelliher-Combs), Part 1 in repsonse to Sonya Kelliher-Combs' work, Orange Curl, 2012. The video features Tessa Pizzale, Mina Linklater, Sassa Linklater, Keisha Stone, and myself. It was shot and edited by Neven Lochhead. 


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art commissioned a performance, Untitled (for Sonya Kelliher-Combs), Part 2, for the exhibition. Through a series of open rehearsals, dancers, Ceinwen Gobert, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, and I made a performance within the installation. This work was subsequently performed 6 times November 10 and 11, 2018. 


On November 9, I also performed a reading of original event scores and poems and showed video works for the Performance Lab alongside Elisa Harkins and Matriarch. 


Crystal Bridges produced a short video about my work here:


After the exhibtion at Crystal Bridges, Art for a New Understanding will travel to:


Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA), Santa Fe, New Mexico 

January 25, 2019 – July 19, 2019 


Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina

August 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020


and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis