Content and Analysis in Native Art: Moving Past Form and Function

Lara Evans, Cherokee Nation, art historian, art history faculty, Institute of American Indian Arts
Kade Twist, Cherokee Nation, mixed media artist
Frank Buffalo Hyde, Nez Perce/Onondaga, painter
Carolyn Kastner, Curator, O’Keeffe Museum (moderator)

IARC Speaker Series, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:00 pm, Free



“Content and Analysis in Native Art: Moving Past Form and Function” with Lara Evans, Kade Twist, and Frank Buffalo Hyde. This panel discussion was moderated by Georgia O'Keeffe Museum curator Carolyn Kastner. Video by John Sadd.

Many contemporary Native artists have expressed concern that their work is often examined in terms of materials, process, and function, while a more in-depth content analysis is overlooked. This panel discussion looks at the issue and its history.

Lara EvansLara EvansPhotograph courtesy of Lara Evans

Lara Evans is a scholar, artist, and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She became a professor of art history and studio art at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, after completing a PhD in art history at the University of New Mexico in 2005. She is visiting professor of art history at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, for 2012-2014. Her publications include Art in Our Lives: Native Women Artists in Dialogue, edited by Cynthia Chavez Lamar and Sherry Farrell Racette with Lara Evans, published by the School for Advanced Research Press in 2010; a chapter in Action and Agency: Advancing the Dialogue on Native Performance Art, published by the Denver Art Museum in 2010; and brief essays in Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism, published by the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in 2011.

Frank Buffalo HydeFrank Buffalo HydePhotograph courtesy of Frank Buffalo HydeFrank Buffalo Hyde, a Southwestern-born artist who traces his heritage to the Nez Perce and Onondaga people, has been recognized for breaking through the boundaries that many place around what they think Native American art should look like. Born in Santa Fe in 1974, Hyde grew up in central New York and then returned to New Mexico to study at the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He began exhibiting his work when he was eighteen, over fifteen years ago, showing in many Santa Fe galleries as well as in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. In 2009, he was awarded a solo exhibition at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe. Hyde’s work draws upon imagery from popular culture—advertisements, movies, television, music, and politics—to present alternative perspectives on contemporary Native experiences.

Kade L. Twist Kade L. Twist Photograph courtesy of Kade L. TwistKade L. Twist Photograph courtesy of Kade L. TwistKade L. Twist is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text, and installation environments. Twist's work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism, and American Indian cultural self-determination. Twist is one of the co-founders of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary artist collective. With the collective and individually, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally including at: Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY; National Museum of the American Indian, Gustav Heye Center, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Nuit Blanche, Toronto; Contour: 5th Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen, Belgium; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Adelaide International, Australia; National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo; and the 18th Beinnale of Sydney. In addition to his art practice, Twist is also a public affairs consultant specializing in American Indian health care, technology, and community development with clients that include the Ford Foundation, Carolyn KastnerCarolyn KastnerWill Wilson “Carolyn Kastner, US Citizen, Curator, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.“ Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX), 2012Benton Foundation National Congress of American Indians, Native American Public Telecommunications, Institute of American Indian Arts, American Dental Association, and numerous American Indian Nations. Twist received his MFA in intermedia from the Herberger Institute School of Art at Arizona State University. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Carolyn Kastner is the Curator at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. She earned her Ph.D. in American Art History from Stanford University. Her research, publications, and curatorial projects are focused on the diversity of American modernism. Her recent projects include the publication of her monograph Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: An American Modernist by the University of New Mexico Press; and the exhibitions Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land, and Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line, opening at the O’Keeffe Museum in September 2014.

Sponsored by School for Advanced Research and Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

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