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Indigenous New York: Critically Speaking

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003

This is the second of three colloquia that ground our Indigenous New York series this year. The series is a public program and research initiative of the Vera List Center developed in collaboration with artist Alan Michelson and in consultation with artist Jackson Polys. It facilitates collaborations and exchanges among contemporary curators, artists, critics and scholars through public events and colloquia that focus on indigeneity and the legacy of colonialism and position the local as evidence of concerns shared globally. 

The first of this series, Indigenous New York, Curatorially Speaking examined four key inquiries: indigenous and non-indigenous epistemologies and methodologies; the non-colonial museum; challenges of collaborative curation; and the growing indigenization of international art. Building on the success of the first colloquium, the second Indigenous New York, Critically Speaking, will provide opportunities for meaningful exchange between indigenous and non-indigenous critics and the public and examine how a fuller consideration of indigenous creative production might reconfigure regimes of critical writing. To this end our discussions we will consider the following topics, among others: Land Writes; Unsettling Narratives; Seeing Red: Invisibility and Opacity; and Resistance, Resurgence, and Collective Practice. 

Participating critics include:

Randy Kennedy, journalist, The New York Times
Crystal Migwans, artist, curator, and writer
Karyn Recollet, Associate Professor, Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
Sadia Shirazi, architect, curator, writer
Anne Spice, writer and anthropologist
David Levi Strauss, Chair of the MFA Art Writing Department at the School of Visual Arts
cheyanne turions, independent curator, artistic director of Trinity Square Video and director of No Reading After the Internet.
Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-chief, Hyperallergic

Indigenous New York is supported, in part, by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, members of the Vera List Center Advisory Committee, and is part of the Vera List Center's 2015-2017 curatorial programs on Post Democracy.

Image: Nadia Myre, Indian Act 2000-2002, detail of page 35.

Presented by the Schools of Public Engagement 

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