2018 PEW GRANT: Library Company of Philadelphia, PA
June 2018- July 2019
The Library Company of Philadelphia will present Redrawing History: Indigenous Perspectives on Colonial America, a newly commissioned graphic novel and exhibition that will re-contextualize 18th-century historic events from the perspective of indigenous communities. Native American artists—illustrator Weshoyot Alvitre of the Tongva people and writer Lee Francis from the Laguna Pueblo—will collaborate on the novel, drawing from previously unexamined materials in the library’s collection, such as diary entries, letters, and political cartoons. The artists will reference “The Digital Paxton”—a web-based humanities archive produced by Library Company fellow Will Fenton—to retell the little-known story of the 1763 massacre, by armed settlers, of the Conestoga Tribe in Paxton Township, near what is present-day Harrisburg, PA. Native Realities Press, the preeminent publisher of Native American comics, will publish the novel and distribute it to more than 550 federally-recognized tribes. The book will also include a curriculum to facilitate its use in high school classrooms. The accompanying exhibition at the Library Company will feature Alvitre’s illustrations, alongside artifacts and materials from the library’s collection.
ALL MY RELATIONS ARTS: Bring Her Home, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
February 2-April 20 2018
Bring Her Home highlights the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. It features original works by 16 visual artists from across the United States and many tribal nations.
In light of the local movement to stop sexual exploitation and the international #MMIW awareness campaign, Bring Her Home shares visual stories of the impacted women.
Emerging curator and artist, Angela Two Stars, brings together these artists to reclaim the identities of missing and murdered indigenous women. Rather than reduce the issue to a statistic, she challenges us to honor the life of each indigenous woman as we would a sister, a wife, a mother, a best friend, a cousin, or a daughter.
Featuring new work from Shan Goshorn, Luzene Hill, Laura Youngbird, Kayeri Akweks, Hillary Kempenich, Chholing Taha, Cara Romero, and more.
Native Realities: Superheroes of Past, Present, & Future
form & concept gallery, Sante Fe, NM
November 11 - December 31 2016
A groundbreaking new show, Native Realities: Superheroes of Past, Present, and Future opens at form & concept gallery in Santa Fe on November 11th 2016. The show is being held in conjunction with the world’s first Indigenous Comic Con, which launches in Albuquerque on November 18th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Native Realities shares the stories of superheroes across Native cultures. With comics created by youth and teachers in Zuni Pueblo, and the works of professional comic artists Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), Jonathan Nelson (Diné), Jon Proudstar (Yaqui), Ryan Singer (Navajo), and Arigon Starr (Kickapoo), the show invites the public to consider the role of heroes - defined as everyday people doing extraordinary work - in our lives.
Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal
Pitzer College Art Galleries
January 20–March 29, 2018
The people have spoken. They have put it in writing. They have created manifestos.
Pitzer College Art Galleries has collected these works and put them on display in Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal, an exhibition of the ideas, wishes and demands of scores of citizens with something to say and a need to be heard. It is our current climate of discord that created Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal. It was conceived to give these citizens a soapbox and to amplify their voices.
These voices are many. These voices belong to inmates at sun-baked correctional facilities in Southern California and to cloistered scholars at elite colleges. These voices express the ideas of professional writers, self-taught artists and developmentally disabled students. Their broad variety of concerns were harvested by of team of varied volunteers—Andrea Bowers, Olga Koumoundouros, Việt Lê, Ultra Red, Carlin Wing and Jenny Yurshansky—who collected manifestos that are printed on paper, painted on canvas, formed in neon, shot on video and carved in wood. MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal is a multitude of opinions hung densely, floor-to-ceiling, in sections that reflect the numerous themes that include immigration, ableism, race, resistance, religion and gentrification.