Coming Soon: It’s Complicated – Art about Home


Installation in progress at The Evergreen State College Gallery in Olympia, Washington


Not Artomatic has been quiet over the past week because it is a brand new academic year, full of new students, new schedules, additional tasks… plus the installation of an exhibition of work by contemporary Native artists. Organizing the exhibition has been a year-long project. The exhibition opens Thursday October 14th, 5-8pm, at the Gallery at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Artist Nicholas Galanin will be speaking about his work the day prior to the opening: Wednesday Oct. 13th, 11:30am-1:00pm in Lecture Hall I, with overflow space available. Art about Home includes artworks by: Nicholas Galanin, Erin Genia, Maria Hupfield, Merritt Johnson, Jason Lujan, Kimowan Metchewais, Sarah Sense, Kade Twist, and Jeffrey Veregge.

The exhibition asks some important questions that have resonance for for Native and non-Native audiences: Is home a house, a place, a reservation, an ecological region, a spiritual landscape, a gathering of family and friends? Is home an idea, or a feeling, or a literal architectural space? Can we choose home? Is there an ancestral geographic home that is more home than any other place could be? What are the dynamics of the very literal legal and geographic boundaries to “home,” as on tribal lands, reservations, pueblos, and reserves? What are the experiences of moving from one home to another? How do we make a new place home? How do these experiences of “home” tie in with our daily lives and the divisions between home and work, family and friends?

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The exhibition and public programming has been made possible by generous support from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, and from these groups at Evergreen: Evergreen State College Foundation, President’s Diversity Fund, and the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center.

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