Politics of Representation: ReImaging of Indigenous America From Warhol to MAP(ing) Contemporary Native American Artists

Exhibition runs September 15 to October 3, 2014

In partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, SGA, Doubletree by Hilton, Women Studies Program, Women’s Resource Center and MAP(ing).

The exhibit is co-curated by Slocumb Galleries’ Karlota Contreras-Koterbay and Map(ing) project director Mary Hood, associate professor at Arizona State University. Map(ing) stands for Multiple Artists Printing (Indigenous and Native Geographies), a biennial project that explores the diverse representation of the Indigenous Americans from various lenses with printmaking collaborations between the artists and ASU students. Ten prints from the Map(ing) project are included in this exhibition along with contemporary works from the artists.

The ‘Politics of Representation: Re-Imaging Indigenous America From Warhol to Map(ing)’, an exhibition of  Indigenous American art features work by pop artists Andy Warhol and Fritz Scholder as introductory narratives, then paves the way to contemporary  artists’ work that address issues of identity and representation. Artists from various tribes in the US and Canada visualize the creative struggle of Indigenous Americans to assert and determine the re-imaging of their people through various agency and media.

The participating artists are: Dana Claxton, Jason Garcia, Shan Goshorn, Thomas Greyeyes, Edgar Heap of Birds, Ahkima Honyumptewa, Terrance Houle, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Dallin Maybee, Wanesia Misquadace, C. Maxx Stevens, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Steven Yazzie and special participation by Jean Hess. The works by Andy Warhol are from the ETSU Department of Art & Design Permanent Collection, granted from the Warhol Legacy Project, and prints by Fritz Scholder are on loan courtesy of the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque in New Mexico.

Claxton’s large-scale photograph entitled ‘Family Portrait’ is presented on an outdoor banner outside the Slocumb galleries during the exhibit. Wansesia Misquadace’s shall demonstrate the traditional birch bark-biting during the 1st ETSU Native American Festival on September 27th, Saturday, at the ETSU Quad. An exhibition of Cherokee and other Native American artifacts from the Reece Museum’s Permanent Collection curated by Michael Hale and Spenser Brenner will  be on view at the SUBmarine Gallery during the week of the festival.

The Slocumb Galleries are located at 232 Sherrod Drive, ETSU campus. Gallery hours are Mondays thru Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 6 p.m., during receptions and ArtIFact lectures. For more information, contact Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay via email contrera@etsu.edu or call 423.483.3179. Parking and handicapped access are available. Please visit the ETSU PlanIt Calendar under Museum and Galleries or www.etsu.edu/cas/art/slocumb for event updates.