Harley Tallchief’s Beaded Sculptures

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Harley Tallchief was born in 1968 on the Cattaraugus Reservation approximately 30 minutes outside of Buffalo, New York. His father was from the region as a member of the Seneca Nation and his mother from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. From infancy until the age of sixteen, Harley Tallchief’s family moved from one migrant farm field to the next outside the San Francisco area including Stockton, Manteca and Tracy. This line of work was familiar to the family, especially to his maternal grandmother, Florence Owens Thompson, the subject of Dorthea Lange’s famous Depression-era photograph, Migrant Mother. Continue reading

Observing the Second Amendment

Lauren Frances Adams Sculpture

Lauren Frances Adams, “Granny Smith & Wesson” (Detail). Ink, fabric, wooden stool, 2003.

In 2015, there were 372 mass shootings in the United States.  The resultant fatalities represent a mere fraction of the year’s cumulative 13,286 firearm deaths, a number which roughly doubles if suicides are included.  Since 1968, there have been about 1.4 million deaths by firearms in the United States; that’s more than the combined total of all American fatalities from every military conflict in which the United States has taken part since the Revolutionary War.  Continue reading

Rebecca Marino of Pump Project

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Rebecca Marino, Observatory Floor. Courtsey artist.

Rebecca Marino began her relationship with Pump Project as a volunteer during her sophomore year at St. Edwards University and has been a part of the organization ever since. She is now the Co-Director of Pump Project with a particular focus on curation and development. From the beginning she was taken with the diversity of skills needed to run a hands-on, DIY, warehouse style gallery and studio complex. Now, as the Gallery Director and unofficial head of development, she does everything from painting pedestals and working with artists to writing grants and learning the ins and outs of city funding.  Continue reading

Trevor Paglen: Black Ops

Trevor Paglen Sculpture

Trevor Paglen, Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4, Build 2), © Trevor Paglen 2015, image courtesy Eli
and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

Documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 revealed that America’s “black budget” (money allocated for classified surveillance programs) was just under $53 billion. The money financed 16 spying agencies which employed 107,035 people. [i]   Trevor Paglen, a writer, photographer, and multimedia artist with a PhD in geography, creates art that addresses America’s clandestine security agencies, the “black world.”  Through September 27, East Lansing’s Broad Art Museum is featuring his art in the third and final installment of its Genre series in an exhibition loosely arranged on the theme of the landscape. Continue reading

Wes Modes: Secret History of American River People

Wes Modes Sculpture

Secret Histories shantyboat in Minneapolis. Photo courtesy of Wes Modes.

The Mississippi River runs deep through American culture. From early Native Americans to Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the Blues and Hurrican Katrina, the history of the country is in constant flux, much like the river itself. The fascination with the mysteries and power of the world’s fourth longest river is subtle, but undeniable. Continue reading

Looking for answers on public memorials and monuments. Two proposals

Nomanslanding Sculpture

Robyn Backen, Andre Dekker, Graham Eatough, Nigel Helyer and Jennifer Turpin, Nomanslanding, 2015.
Image: Darling Harbour / Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

During this centenary of WWI (2014-2018) a great number of ceremonies and memorials are proliferating in most of Europe in remembrance of the victims of the Great War. Australia, so far away as it is from that battle ground, is not indifferent to this sad anniversary as this year they celebrate the creation, 100 years ago, of the ANZAC, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, that took part, among others, in the tragic battle of Gallipoli in Turkey where 8,000 of them died. Nowadays, Anzac Day (25th April) also remembers to all Australians that lost their lives in WWII and in subsequent military actions up to date. Continue reading