Eiteljorg Awards $25,000 and an Exhibit to Five Contemporary Native Artists
Imagine walking into an American Indian museum and seeing a totem pole sawed into pieces and scattered across the floor. That kind of statement-making Native artwork - that clashes with tradition and confronts stereotypes - will be on display beginning Saturday, Nov. 9 2013, when the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art opens RED: The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship.
RED will feature five Fellows whose paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and installation art exemplify the highest standards of artistic excellence in the field of contemporary art.
Invited Artist,[ Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun(Coast Salish/Okanagan) is a Canadian painter known for his large-scale works that encompass political and social issues.
The work of Minneapolis-based mixed media artist, [Julie Buffalohead(Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma) challenges commonly held social conventions in the theater of the backyard, bathroom and ambiguous landscape where animals play dress up, attend tea parties, and go diving in baby pools. Buffalohead's narratives at first look are charming only to find she turns the world upside down.
[Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut) is a Sitka, Alaska-based concept-driven artist who uses indigenous technologies and global materials when exploring his unpredictable installation ideas. In his large-scale work, I Think it Goes Like This?, Galanin takes a traditional-looking totem pole and deconstructs it to create a puzzle-like installation.
Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band of Cherokee) uses traditional Cherokee basketry to bring awareness to contemporary Native issues. She builds her baskets out of paper on which she's printed the text of treaties between Cherokee people and the U.S, maps that mark out land once owned by the Cherokee and even lists of athletic teams that use Indian names.