Indigenous New York, Artists’ Perspectives Colloquium

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Zoe de Luca


During November 2017, I was invited to attend a closed-door colloquium as part of Indigenous New York at the Vera List Centre at the New School (see description below). I was invited because I have worked with artist Richard Bell for many years now, and his work is a major part of my dissertation. Richard was one of the key presenters and workshop leaders.

I thank Media@McGill for supporting this travel.



Indigenous New York, Artist Perspectives, Part II
Saturday, November 18, 4-6 pm
The New School, Starr Foundation Hall

Indigenous New York, Artist Perspectives, Part II, presents key findings of a day-long colloquium that focuses on artistic practices. This is the third and final of three colloquia that ground the research initiative Indigenous New York, which has been developed by the Vera List Center in collaboration with artist Alan Michelson (Mohawk), and co-organized with advisor, artist Jackson Polys (Tlingit). The series facilitates collaborations and exchanges among contemporary curators, artists, critics, and scholars of Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous descent and their non-indigenous colleagues that focus on Indigeneity and the legacy of colonialism, and position the local as evidence of concerns shared globally.

Building on the success of the first and second colloquia, the third in this series, Indigenous New York, Artist Perspectives, focuses on contemporary indigenous artist perspectives and practices, grounded in innovative projects. These provide the launch pads and models for important dialogue and exchange around the themes of: Identity; Self-Organized Visibility; Place & Memory; and Collaboration. In the afternoon's public presentation the following artists discuss the intersection of these topics and their individual artistic projects:

Richard Bell, Tent Embassy, and Wanda Nanibush Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan, Native Art Department International

Suzanne Kite, Everything I Say Is True, and Nadia Myre, A Casual Reconstruction

Cristóbal Martínez and Kade Twist, Postcommodity