Indigenous people often walk in built landscapes filled with irony and violence. In a sweeping and long-overdue conversation, artist Andrea Carlson and scholar Jenny L. Davis discuss ideas and misconceptions about public art, the problems around settler monuments to themselves, the looted and destroyed effigy mounds of Zhegagoynak (Chicago in the Potawatomi language), and how institutions in the land now known as Illinois thwart the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990).
About the presenters: Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe) is a visual artist currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Through painting and drawing, Carlson cites entangled cultural narratives and challenges colonial institutional authority relating to Indigenous objects. Current research activities include Indigenous Futurism and assimilation metaphors in film. Jenny L. Davis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she is the director of the American Indian Studies Program.
This online event is hosted by the newly formed Center for Native Futures, a Native, Black-Native, and Indigenous Artist resource and platform, and is presented as part of Art Design Chicago Now, an initiative funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art that amplifies the voices of Chicago's diverse creatives, past and present, and explores the essential role they play in shaping the now.