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Symposium | This Is Not A Silent Movie

Jan 31, 2014 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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This Is Not A Silent Movie Symposium
Portland Art Museum, Grand Ballroom
Friday, January 31, 2014 9:00 – 4:30

In a unique gathering of contemporary Native artists and curators from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest the This Is Not A Silent Movie Symposium at the Portland Art Museum examines the themes of place and identity through the lens of contemporary Native Art.

This symposium is on the occasion of the exhibition by the same name currently on view at Museum of Contemporary Craft. The exhibition originated from the Anchorage Museum and is circulated by Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles. This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists, is 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. Considering aspects of language, representation, and bringing tradition into the contemporary sphere, the works in the exhibition provide a launch point for rich discussion.

It is also part of a larger citywide cultural programming initiative, Illuminations, that comprises This Is Not A Silent Movie, the exhibition I.M.N.D.N. — Native Art for the 21st Century, currently on view at Marylhurst Art Gym, and exhibitions and programs at galleries, arts institutions, and academic institutions throughout the spring.

The symposium begins with panel discussions with Native artists and curators, then moves into breakout sessions on Place and Identity from which actionable items are expected to emerge at the end of the day.

Participants include:
Julie Decker Ph.D CEO, Anchorage Museum (previously Chief Curator), curator This Is Not A Silent Movie
Deana Dartt, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art, Portland Art Museum
Todd Clark, curator of I.M.N.D.N. — Native Art for the 21st Century, currently on view at Marylhurst Art Gym
Terri Hopkins, former director Marylhurst Art Gym

Artists include:
Kaila Farrell-Smith
Nicholas Galanin
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
Da-ka-xeen Mehner
Wendy Red-Star
Sara Seistreem
Susie Silook
Demian Dine’ Yazhi’

Hosts:
Namita Gupta Wiggers, Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft
Nicole Nathan, Curator of Collections, Museum of Contemporary Craft

TICKETS are available through Eventbrite:

$85 for the public
$45 for Members of Museum of Contemporary Craft, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) or Portland Art Museum’s Native American Arts Council
$20 for students with ID
Free for PNCA faculty, staff, and students

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

9:00-10:15
Panel Discussion
Moderated by Julie Decker, Ph.D., curator of This is not a Silent Movie, in conversation with four contemporary Alaskan artists–Nicholas Galanin, Sonya Keliher-Combs, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and Susie Silook–on their work, the exhibition, and its themes.

10:30-11:45
Panel Discussion
Moderated by Deana Dartt-Newton, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art at Portland Art Museum, in conversation with four Northwest contemporary artists: Demian Dine’ Yazhi’, Wendy Red-Star, Sara Siestreem, Kaila Farrell-Smith, and Shaun Peterson, and Sara Seistreem.

noon-1:30
Break

1:45-3:00
Breakout Sessions
Led by curators and artists in dialogue with symposium attendees about issues relating to place and identity raised in the preceding Panel Discussions.

3:15-4:30
Charrette
All symposium attendees regroup to report about the Breakout Sessions and create visual maps connecting ideas and themes.

Location: Portland Art Museum, Kridel Grand Ballroom

Tickets are available through Eventbrite:

$85 for the public
$45 for Members of Museum of Contemporary Craft, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) or Portland Art Museum’s Native American Arts Council
$20 for students with ID
Free for PNCA faculty, staff, and students

Lunch and parking are not included.

Details

Portland Art Museum
Kridel Grand Ballroom
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR, 97205   [map]

Register: tinasmsymposium.eventbrite.com

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