Virtual series features talks with contemporary Native Indian artists this month

The Muskegon Museum of Art, in partnership with the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, will premiere a virtual series of discussions and artwork by Native American artists in February. The new series features talks with artists whose work is on display through February at both the MMA and GVSU in The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists.

The Art of the People exhibition is curated by artist Jason Quigno and features nationally recognized and early career Native American artists working in a wide array of media that combines cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes. The series includes a virtual panel discussion on ZOOM and a video series of artist talks and exhibition tours.

Virtual Panel Discussion
The Art of the People: A Conversation with Shirley Brauker, Jason Quigno, and Jonathan Thunder

This Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 pm
This virtual event is co-sponsored by the GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Muskegon Museum of Art and features artists Shirley Brauker, Jason Quigno, and Jonathan Thunder, in conversation with Dylan A.T. Miner via ZOOM. The panel will discuss their artwork, creative processes, and contemporary issues facing indigenous communities. The program is free, but registration is required. Register for this event until February 3, 2021 at 5:59 pm.

Artist Talk and Virtual Tour Video Series, Thursdays, Feb. 11-25
The videos in this series will premiere at event pages on the following dates at 4:00 pm, but will continue to be available on the Muskegon Museum of Art YouTube channel afterward. Registration is not required.

Thursday, February 11, 4:00 pm
Artist Talk with Jason Quigno and Virtual Tour

A virtual tour of The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists and a Q & A style artist talk with the exhibition’s guest curator Jason, created with the GVSU Art Gallery. Quigno is a sculptor and member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. He works in a variety of stone—granite, basalt, marble, limestone, and alabaster—transforming raw blocks into flowing forms. His work has garnered significant recognition and awards and he has completed numerous public commissions for communities (including Muskegon) and institutions around Michigan.

Thursday, February 18, 4:00 pm
Artist Talk with Levi Rickert and Virtual Tour

Virtual tour and Q & A style talk with photographer Levi Rickert, produced by the MMA in conjunction with Levi Rickert: Standing Rock, Photographs of an Indigenous Movement, an exhibition of recent work by the artist on display through February at the MMA. Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) is the founder, publisher, and editor of Native News Online. This collection of photographs documents Rickert’s journey to Standing Rock in 2016 as part of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Thursday, February 25, 4:00 pm
Artist Talk with Jim Denomie and Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour and Q & A style talk with artist Jim Denomie, produced by the MMA in conjunction with Jim Denomie: Challenging the Narrative, an exhibition of recent work by the artist on display at the MMA from through March 14. Denomie is a nationally recognized, collected, and award winning Ojibwe artist. His colorful, humorous paintings directly address historical, political, and cultural issues facing Native Americans in the U.S. Using traditional imagery, stereotypes, comic symbols, and pop culture imagery, Denomie presents playful, alluring narratives that, on closer inspection, reveal biting and thought-provoking challenges to historic and contemporary misperceptions, prejudices, and injustices.

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Program support is provided by the Art Bridges Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Humanities Council with the National Endowment for the Humanities.