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  • Fellowship distingushed artist profile: James A. Luna (Luiseño)

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    Distinguished Artist

    James A. Luna (Luiseño)
    Performance art and installation
    Pauma Valley, California

    James Luna has said, “…performance and installation offers an opportunity like no other for Native Americans to express themselves.” Luna, who has performed and exhibited installations throughout the United States and internationally in Europe and Asia, often uses his body as a means to critique the objectification of Native American cultures in Western museum and cultural displays. In Artifact Piece 1985-1987, he donned a loincloth and lay motionless “on exhibit” in a bed of sand inside an exhibition case at the Museum of Man in San Diego. The performance piece called attention to a tendency of Western museums to present Native American culture as extinct. In 2005, Luna represented the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian at the 2005 Venice Biennale in Italy.
  • Fellowship artist profile: William Wilson (Diné)

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    William Wilson (Diné)
    Photography and installation
    Tucson, Arizona

    Will Wilson has exhibited his work throughout the United States and is represented at the Heard Museum’s Berlin Gallery.  “My work is a response to the ways in which photography has been used as a mechanism of colonization,” he says. “Decolonizing photography for the use of American Indians has to occur through the articulation of a Native representational subjectivity. In the place of colonizing representation, I want to produce images and sensory experience, which convey representations of, by and for American Indians. This means developing a methodological practice, a framework from which to draw upon. It is towards these ends that I see my work progressing.”
  • Fellowship artist profile: Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq / Athabascan)

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq / Athabascan)
    Installation and mixed media paintings
    Anchorage, Alaska

    Sonya Kelliher-Combs has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Asia. The artist explains, “Through mixed media painting and sculpture I offer a chronicle of the ongoing struggle for self-definition and identity in the Alaskan context. Through the combination of shared iconography with intensely personal imagery, I demonstrate the generative power that each vocabulary has over the other. Similarly, my use of synthetic, organic, traditional and modern materials moves beyond oppositions between Western/ Native culture, self/ other and man/ nature. These elements combine to examine their interrelationships and interdependence while also questioning accepted notions of beauty. My process dialogues the relationship of the work to skin, the surface by which an individual is mediated in culture.”
  • Fellowship artist profile: Larry McNeil (Tlingit/ Nisgaá)

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    Larry Tee Harbor Jackson McNeil (Tlingit / Nisgaá)
    Photography
    Boise, Idaho

    Larry Tee Harbor Jackson McNeil has exhibited his work throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.  Among other honors, McNeil is a 2006 recipient of the National Geographic All Roads Project Award. “I have been working on this fly by night mythology work for quite sometime now. It started out as a look at our Tlingit traditional stories with Raven the Changeling and Trickster playing the protagonist,” says the artist. “Some of the early work was about Raven having a conversation with Chief Pontiac of the Ottawa and musing about why George Washington is revered as an icon father of our country and Chief Pontiac has essentially become a car name, especially after Chief Pontiac defeated Washington and the British in a battle defending their homeland against the foreign invaders. I was striving to make a piece that was iconic and larger than life…”
  • Fellowship artist profile: Gerald Clarke (Cahuilla)

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    Gerald Clarke (Cahuilla)
    Mixed media
    Anza, California

    “I’m a California Indian, one part traditionalist, one part Disneyland. I want my work to express the passion, pain, and reverence I feel as a contemporary Native person,” says Gerald Clarke, whose mixed media work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe. The artist adds, “My ultimate goal as an artist is to give Indian culture back the humanity which has been taken from it by stereotypes created over the past five centuries. Neither the super-shaman nor the drunken-Indian do anything to convey what we as a people feel. In my work, I look for the unconventional beauty one finds only in TRUTHS. It celebrates, it mourns and it outshines all else. I feel that craftsmanship is the highest of virtues. It conveys pride, respect and authority. I have no chosen or recognizable visual style. My style is in the approach.”
  • Fellowship artist profile: Dana Claxton (Lakota)

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    Dana Claxton (Lakota)
    Video Installation and Photography
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Through her art practice, Dana Claxton has critiqued many aspects of government, religion and consumer culture as they affect and disaffect contemporary Aboriginal peoples in Canada and the United Sates. She has produced many single-channel works, video installations and performances in the past decade. Pieced together, these projects form a subversive societal critique using traditional knowledge and contemporary art interface. Claxton is a 2006 ImagiNATION honoree. Her artwork is in the permanent art collections of many institutions across Canada, including the Canada Council Art Bank, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Winnipeg Art Gallery. Her work is also found in numerous library collections.
  • EM Radio: Episode 5: The story of the Three Sisters

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    This week, we talk about what is going to be going on at the Eiteljorg Museum over the Thanksgiving weekend. We also hear the story of the three sisters from storyteller, Sue Thompson.
  • EM Radio: Episode 4: Interview with James Luna

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    This week, Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art, sits down with James Luna, 2007 Fellowship distingushed artist. Luna talks about the elements that make up his piece Emendatio. He also discusses his recent trip to Venice, Italy for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and his piece he performed in March at IUPUI.
  • EM Radio: Episode 3: Discussion with Jennifer Complo McNutt

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    This week, host Tamara Winfrey Harris talks to Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and organizer of the Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship for Native American Fine Art. You will also hear excerpts from "Fire, Movement, Water and Voices," a performance by James Luna, 2007 Fellowship Distinguished Artist.
  • EM Radio: Episode 2: Ghostly tale from Cheyenne

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    Cathy Burton, Beeler Family director of education, tells the tale of ghostly noises coming from an old Episcopal church in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  • EM Radio: Episode 1: Day of the Dead

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    EM Radio is a new weekly podcast from the Eiteljorg Musuem. We will explore the West and Native America with special guest artists, performers and museum staff. This week, host Tamara Winfrey Harris talks with the museum's education center manager, Linda Montag-Olson, about Day of the Dead and the celebration at the Eiteljorg Museum.
  • Dr. Tiya Miles Lecture

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    Author, Dr. Tiya Miles, presented a lecture on the history of the relationship between African Americans and Native Americans.
  • Interview with Marcus Amerman (Choctaw)

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art, interviews Marcus Amerman (Choctaw) who reveals how he creates his revolutionary beaded works. He also talks about the signature piece he is creating for the 14th Annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market.
  • Brokeback Mountain Panel Discussion

    by Eiteljorg Museum | Jun 06, 2012
    The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art hosted a discussion of the film, Brokeback Mountain. The panel consisted of members from film festival, scholars and an art critic. The audience was also given a chance to offer their own thoughts on the movie and the discussion.
  • Interview with Fellowship artist Harry Fonseca

    by Eiteljorg Museum | May 07, 2012
    Fellowship artist Harry Fonseca is interviewed.
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