Curated by: Julie Decker, Ph.D., Chief Curator at the Anchorage Museum
Organized by The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum,This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artistsis centered around four acclaimed Alaska Native artists whose groundbreaking contemporary works question institutional methods of identifying Native heritage, examine their own mixed-race identities, and challenge perceptions and stereotypes about indigenous peoples.
Through the language of contemporary visual art, Nicholas Galanin, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and Susie Silook and seek new and distinct ways to speak of tradition and mediate the serious and sometimes ironic conditions of art, identity, and history in the late 20th and early 21st century. Though each artist’s work is rooted in a lifelong immersion in their respective Alaska Native craft traditions, their multi-media installations dissolve the boundaries between contemporary and traditional arts.
It’s a Banner Week for Contemporary Native Art PORTLAND, OREGON - January 28, 2014 - Nicholas Galanin is an Alaska-based artist affiliated with the Tlingit tribe. His My Ears Are Numb was âCreated after the murder of John T. Williams by Seattle police officer Ian Birk. The drum, created from the American flag, with the mallet (police baton) carved from red cedar. This drum is silent.â I.M.N.D.N. - Native Art for the 21st Century runs at the Art Gym through February 14.
A great review from my Toronto exhibition Porcelain: Breaking Tradition
… Amongst old guards likeStephen Schofield and Colleen Wolstenholme are a bunch of newer names like Nicholas Galanin, Clint Neufeld, Brendan Tang, and David R. Harper who are increasingly defining the current generation of artists accomplishing things worth paying attention to. This exhibition provides a handy opportunity to catch up with them.
Museums The Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Ore., will open an exhibition featuring the work of four native Alaskan contemporary artists. “This Is Not a A Silent Movie,” Jan. 31 to April 19, explores how Native American identity is portrayed.
"Things Are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter," by Nicholas Galanin
Members Preview: This Is Not A Silent Movie
January 30, 2013 6 - 8 PM
This Is Not A Silent Movie(on view January 31 - April 19, 2014) features the work of four Native Alaskan artists: Nicholas Galanin, Sonya Keliher-Combs, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and Susie Silook, whose use of material and subject matter explore themes concerning heritage and mixed-race identities. In the words of exhibition curator, Julie Decker, Ph.D., these artists “find a space between conflict and resolution, between questioning and criticism, between this generation and the next, and between art and activism. This is not a silent movie; the voices resound.”
We are excitedly preparing for the new feature exhibit, Twisted Path III, Questions of Balance, opening to the public on Thursday, February 6. The evening before we will celebrate the new exhibit with a special opening reception, from 5:00 - 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 5. You must RSVP to attend this event, so please contact Abbe Director of Development, Hannah Whalen, if you are interested in attending - email@example.com or 207-288-3519.