Latent Emissions, Chakaia Booker
Revisions: Contemporary Native Art
O’Shaughnessy Galleries I, II, & III Saturday, February 2 through Saturday, May 18, 2019
This exhibition focuses on strategies of revision, reuse, and appropriation in contemporary Native art. The participating artists—who hail from diverse backgrounds, tribes, and generations—share an interest in the circulation and reconfiguration of forms over time, across space, and between cultures. Some address the appropriation of Native culture by settler society, while others repurpose found objects, images, and texts from tribal history, family archives, and popular culture. In media ranging from print to textile to video, their works reflect on and reshape issues of inheritance, colonization, authenticity, and the politics of representation.
Revisions: Contemporary Native Art brings together objects from the Snite Museum collection and selected loans, including works by artists from the local Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Other artists include Rick Bartow (Mad River Band Wiyot), Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Choctaw and Cherokee), Elisa Harkins (Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek)), Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne and Arapaho), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish and Kootenai), Marie Watt (Seneca), and Melanie Yazzie (Diné (Navajo)). The exhibition is anchored by the large-scale installation Peelatchiwaaxpáash/Medicine Crow (Raven) and the 1880 Crow Peace Delegation by Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke (Crow)).
The guest curator organizing the exhibition is Frances Jacobus-Parker, a Princeton University Ph.D. Art History candidate.