When I see Marvin Oliver’s Raven with Salmonberry it reminds me of the artist. Much like how Raven brought light to the world, Marvin carried with him histories and practices that made the world a better place. Marvin was a ray of light each time I saw him. Beaming with stories and ideas, I hoped … Continue reading Recent Acquisitions – Marvin Oliver “Raven with Salmonberry”
In 2016 and 2017, many of you may recall the unjust actions and human rights violations taking place against Native American communities on American soil. The Dakota Access Pipeline project sparked protests largely under the auspices of #NODAPL and remains a relevant controversy with ongoing legal proceedings. During the height of the protests, there was … Continue reading Recent Acquisitions – Zoë Urness “Raven Tells His Story in the Fog”
RYAN! Feddersen routinely pushes the boundaries of art with very conceptual, immersive, and interactive installations. The artist engages viewers with new ideas and concepts and ways of understanding the world (and outer space, at times). Her work implores consideration of social and environmental justice issues often with a subtle humor and irony. These are just … Continue reading Recent Acquisitions – RYAN! Feddersen’s “Coyote Restored in Starlight”
What do shopping lists, menus, closets, and artworks have in common? Not much, but recently people think you can “curate” all these things. Curating is a buzzword that confuses some people because the word can be taken out of its original context and applied awkwardly to describe collections at best, but even more simply lists … Continue reading Thoughts on the Curatorial Voice
Have you ever seen someone skin a rabbit? I watched the artist Christine M. Babic remove the fur from a rabbit carcass as part of an art performance and it inspired me to rethink an exhibition that I was working on about John James Audubon. As the Haub Curator of Western Art at Tacoma Art … Continue reading The Tail of the Tale: The Origin of The Naturalist & The Trickster: Audubon/RYAN!