Bury My Art At Wounded Knee take-away.
BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex opened in Portland, OR last nite @ Pacific Northwest College of Art.
This is a show about language & endurance, validation & resistance, and a much-needed conversation in a city that is predominantly white; more importantly though, in an institution that lacks culturally diverse perspectives in art production and history making. In the four years I attended PNCA, there hadn’t been an exhibition dedicated to the Indigenous peoples of this continent. Neither has there been a course dedicated to Indigenous art, history, writing, lived experience, or otherwise. I was told that sometimes “we” (I took this as people with a history of being oppressed by the dominant culture) need to bring water to a village in need. I don’t think that way. And I hope this show brought on the rain.
Thanks to all the artists and to all the hands that labored away over the last few days. There was a lot of laughter and good music and it was so magical.
The show will run from December 05th - 28th, 2013. If you happen to be in the Portland area, please come see the work of these phenomenal artists and warriors!
Through visual, written, & speech-based forms of cultural representation, Bury My Art At Wounded Knee aims to explore, and thereby challenge, contemporary notions of Native art. The main objective of the exhibition is to acknowledge Indigenous resistance through the origins of the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.), Native north american political art, & present day issues in Native america.
It is dedicated to the long legacy of Native north american artists, warriors, activists, writers, & visionaries, in order to provide an adaptable platform for future exhibitions, projects, manifestations, & uprising.
: R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment :
Established in 2010, through a heightened awareness of the atrocities that have resulted from patriarchal colonization. The seeds of the collective have been planted firmly in the ground since the onslaught of european madness. At its foundation, R.I.S.E. is invested in the education, perseverance, & dissemination of Native north american art, activism, writing, history, storytelling & lived experience. R.I.S.E. is a call to action yielding multiple tools including photographs, paint, wheatpaste, clay, beadwork, dancing, words, voices,
sounds, ritual, & more.
Poster measures 11’ x 17”
Untitled (Blood), 1992
Why We Fight, May 9, 1988
ACT UP Demonstration in Albany, NY.
Every step I tread in this landscape, Vito Russo is guiding me—along with a long list of brothers and sisters who fought and continue to fight for HIV/AIDS-related issues. Shine on, fabulous lovers!
Visual AIDS presents For The Record, an exhibition and broadside project by fierce pussy for the 24th annual Day With(out) Art, on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2013.
For The Record
fierce pussy for Visual AIDS. Curated by Risa Puleo
November 23-December 13, 2013
Reception: Saturday, November 30, 5-7 PM
Printed Matter, 195 10th Avenue, NYC
For the Record mourns the loss of friends, family, lovers, artists and activists during the AIDS crisis and engages in a dialogue about the erasure of personal and collective memories from the historical record through this loss. Through poignant and powerful variations of the phrase “If he/she/they were alive today…,” fierce pussy explores the daily aspects of living not only with HIV/AIDS, but as a person in the world, and asks viewers to extract their own memories to consider our personal and social relationship to the AIDS crisis in the present.
fierce pussy’s installation at Printed Matter uses the site as a newsstand, a site of information, discourse and exchange to engage in a dialogue about the AIDS crisis past, present and future, displayed the broadsides in Printed Matter’s windows as front pages of the daily news. Take-away versions of the broadside as well as a postcard/ sticker version will also be available at Printed Matter.
For the Record, is a new iteration of their 2010 project Get Up Everybody and Sing, originally conceived for the White Columns presentation of the exhibitionACT UP NEW YORK: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987 – 1993 (Carpenter Center of the Arts, Harvard University and White Columns). fierce pussy would like to thank Denniston Hill, where they had a residency that provided them the time to work intensively on the project. fierce pussy has continued to engage in a reclaiming of language and public space with installations and exhibitions in galleries and museums.
Museums, universities, activist organizations, art institutions and individuals across the country are invited to download fierce pussy’s broadsides and display them in their venues, creating simultaneous presentations of For the Record to forge national solidarity around the ongoing AIDS crisis.”
DOWNLOAD “For The Record” here:
Wendy Red Star
"Wendy Red Star was born in Billings, Montana just outside of the Crow Indian reservation where she was raised. She grew up in a multi-cultural family. Her mother is of Irish decent, her father a full blood Crow Indian and her older sister is Korean. Wendy left the Crow Indian reservation when she was eighteen to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where she studied sculpture. She then went on to earn her MFA in sculpture at UCLA. Wendy currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she is an adjunct professor of art at Portland State University.
Wendy Red Star’s work explores the intersection between life on the Crow Indian reservation and the world outside of that environment. She thinks of herself as a Crow Indian cultural archivist speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.”
Patti Smith Group
We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time, Sweden, 1976
Come listen to me speak words about BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE at my BFA thesis defense.
December 5th, 2013 / 9:30 - 11:00 AM.
PNCA | 1241 NW Johnson St., Portland, OR 97209
BURY MY ART AT WOUNDED KNEE: Blood & Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex is a Native north american art exhibition that celebrates contemporary Indigenous art production on and off the imaginary boundaries of modern day Indian Reservations.
If you can’t make it to the oral defense, please come to the exhibition/gallery opening later on that evening from 6 - 8 PM.
: preparing for my thesis defense on December 5th, 2013. Come listen to me speak words at you first thing in the morning. PNCA - Gallery 214 / 9:30 - 11:00 AM. 🌞🚿☕️🍩😎🎨👏💛
Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8), 1970