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"Me and My _____," painting by Spencer Keeton Cunningham
"Me and My _____," painting by Spencer Keeton Cunningham

Exhibition: "Real N.D.N. - Native Diaspora Now"

Works by the Indigenous Arts Coalition

Friday, August 17, 2012 - Saturday, October 13, 2012

Featuring Erick Andino, Richard Castaneda, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Gonzalo de Sepulveda, Nizhoni Ellenwood, Avanna Lawson, Geri Montano, Rye Purvis, Sarah Rosalina Brady, Daniel Rodriguez, Anthony Sul, and Cy Wagoner

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Galeria de la Raza is pleased to present Real N.D.N: Native Diaspora Now, a provocative, multimedia exhibition featuring a diverse array of artworks by the Indigenous Arts Coalition exploring the question: 'Who is today’s real N.D.N.?'

The exhibition includes filmmakers, painters, poets, photographers, performance, and mixed-media artists offering a visual response to the challenging —and often controversial— questions: How do we represent community in our individualized practices and perspectives? How do percentages of Native blood divide and define us as individuals or as members of a community? What does it mean to have to prove your race through a number, certificate, skin color, or type of art that you make? What defines contemporary Native American art? Who are the judges?

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Indigenous Arts Coalition will launch its new website, designed to better enhance the viewer’s experience with the group's artists and communities. Reaching into digital frontiers, IAC will further expand the dialogue and awareness for Native American artists in the Bay Area.

The Indigenous Arts Coalition (IAC) was founded in 2008 by a group of Indigenous artists of all disciplines to acknowledge, support, promote, and maintain all visual aspects of contemporary indigenous arts in the Bay Area. Since its formation, IAC has established a community of art connections, resources, networks, and friendships through art shows, community events, and fundraisers.

Real N.D.N: Native Diaspora Now is made possible thanks to the support received from Galeria de la Raza’s GINAA Artist Fund, (Grantwriting for Indigenous and Native American Artists), a capacity-building and small grants program serving Native American and Indigenous artists from the Americas. This program is made possible with the support of the Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission.  The IAC received additional support from Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.


About IAC: The Indigenous Arts Coalition (IAC) was founded in 2008 by a group of indigenous artists of all disciplines to acknowledge, support, promote, and maintain all visual aspects of contemporary indigenous arts. Since its formation, IAC has established a community of art connections, resources, networks, and friendships through art shows, community events, and fundraisers. IAC was founded with the primary goal of supporting and promoting contemporary Indigenous arts in the Bay Area.

Artists

Erick Andino
Sarah Rosalena Brady
Richard Bluecloud Castaneda
Gonzalo de Sepulveda
Nizhoni Ellenwood
Spencer Keeton Cunningham
Avanna Lawson
Geri Montano
Rye Purvis
Daniel Rodriguez
Anthony Sul
Cy Wagoner

Photos

"Me and My _____," painting by Spencer Keeton Cunningham Video Installation Opening Reception Erick Andino's "META: IN MEMORIAM INSTALLATION" 

Photo by Alan Bamberger Anthony Sul's "Untitled" mural

Photo by Alan Bamberger Opening Reception

Photo by Alan Bamberger Gerardo de Sepulveda's "Technochinampq #5" & "Technochinampq Transversal"

Photo by Alan Bamberger Installation shot of Gerardo de Sepulveda's "Chuck Norris in the Theft of the American Spirit" and Rye Purvis's "White Feather I, II, III"

Photo by Alan Bamberger Nizhoni Ellenwood's installation "Our Ancestors Struggled, Fought and Died So We Could Live"

Photo by Alan Bamberger Richard Castaneda's "Sacred Pipe"

Photo by Alan Bamberger Spencer Keeton Cunningham's "Me and My _____" & "Chief Ramen heart" 

photo by Alan Bamberger

More Information


Real N.D.N: Native Diaspora Now
August 22, 2012 - Spencer Keeton Cunningham

Video created by Spencer Keeton Cunningham for "Real N.D.N." Exhibit up now at Galeria de la Raza exhibit runs from August 17th-October 13th 2012. 

Music by Spencer Keeton Cunnigham

Additional footage taken from Rye Purvis' "Red Face" and "New Mexico" videos courtesy the artist.

 

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