Etlelooaat (Cree) - He who shouts

Apr 22, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018

Contemporary multi-disciplinary artist Merritt Johnson, a descendant of the Blackfoot and Kanienkehaka Tribes, writes that most people think of "beads and feathers" when they hear the term "Native American art." Artspace writer Jillian Billard adds, "This pigeonholing, among being immensely generalized and demeaning, fails to acknowledge the unique individual expression between and within Native American communities. There are 567 federally recognized Native American nations in the United States. Amongst those tribes exists a great deal of diversity in culture, language, and elements of day-to-day life. Merging Native American cultures disregards this diversity, and effectually silences American Indian voices." This exhibit reflects the dynamic nature of Native American creativity and the changing realities of life and culture across the Americas. Featured artists include Neal Ambrose-Smith (Salish/Kootenai), Alistair Bane (Shawnee), Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) and Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo) in collaboration with Emilio Lobato, all working in a variety of styles and media. There is an opportunity to hear diversity in Native American voices if we are willing to listen.