Visual Sovereignty: A Symposium on Contemporary Native American Art and Activism (2019)

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October 19, 2019 - October 19, 2019

Sacramento CA

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October 19, 2019 - October 19, 2019

216 O Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814

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Contact: Maria Segoviano
Phone: 916-808-1186
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9:30 AM – 5 PM

Visual Sovereignty: A Symposium on Contemporary Native American Art and Activism will explore the complexities between Native and U.S. history and contemporary culture. From the struggle for self-definition to the use of art as a means of resistance and activism, the topics explored in this robust and divergent compilation of talks, panel discussions, and a film screening will demonstrate the role art plays as Native Americans assert their history; reestablish their power, culture, and authority; and define what it means to be contemporary and communal after generations of colonialist attacks and genocide.

The day-long forum will commence with a poetry reading by Vince LaPena, followed by a special presentation by UC Davis Professor Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie that will put the day in context. The morning will also include a panel discussion featuring artists and historians who consider how contemporary Native American art is reframed in a museum context and how artists use their art to address issues such as systemic racism and the crisis of climate change. In the afternoon, water rights will be examined through a short film and discussion, followed by a special presentation by Knudsen Award-winning artist Jamie Okuma. We’ll finish the day with a panel discussion on how artists and community leaders are using art to offer healing from the damage of our colonialist past and help the next generation of Native American artists and activists to remain resilient and assert their visual sovereignty.

This symposium is offered in conjunction with exhibitions Pueblo Dynasties: Master Potters from Matriarchs to Contemporaries and When I Remember, I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California. The day will begin with an indigenous tea welcome and end with a reception featuring Native ciders. Buffet lunch may be pre-purchased. A sneak peak of the exhibition When I Remember, I See Red will be available for attendees during the lunch break and following the reception, in advance of exhibition’s public opening the following day.

Speakers include artist and scholar Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie; curator Mark Johnson; artist Geri Montano; artist and Karuk language scholar Julian Lang; Tribal Policy Advisor for the Department of Water Resources Anecita Agustinez; and fashion artist Jamie Okuma, winner of the Crocker’s John S. Knudsen prize for emerging artists. More information about the speakers is available on our blog, the Oculus.

Visual Sovereignty was made in partnership with members of the Native American Advisory Committee: Sigrid Benson, Jacklyn Calanchini, Gabe Cayton, James Allen Crouch, Cheewa James, and Christina Prairie Chicken Narvaez. The committee was instrumental in planning the program, finding funding sources, and reaching out to tribal members and communities. They continue to assist us in appreciating and acknowledging the history and culture of local Native American communities.

$60 members
$70 nonmembers
With lunch: $80 members
With lunch: $90 nonmembers


216 O Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814


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Submitted by PowWow Calendar on: September 6, 2019

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