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Curator Talk: Past, Present, and Future – Native American Art in the 21st Century
February 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Join Philbrook Museum of Art curator Christina Burke for an illustrated talk exploring how contemporary Indigenous artists draw inspiration from the past in their creative practices. From painting to fashion design and everything in between, such connections can be seen in many artists’ work—including Preston Singletary whose exhibition Raven and the Box of Daylight is on view at the Wichita Art Museum February 1 through August 30, 2020. Burke, who has been Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art at Philbrook since 2006, has worked on a variety of collaborative projects with Indigenous artists, from collections research and exhibition development to fashion shows and commissioning new work. She is currently finalizing details for Philbrook to host the traveling exhibition, Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, which will open in Oklahoma in summer 2020.
Christina E. Burke is a cultural anthropologist and curator whose focus is Native American art and material culture. She has researched and written about historical and contemporary Native art, juried competitive shows like Santa Fe Indian Market, and curated such exhibitions as the retrospective Impact: The Philbrook Indian Annual, 1946-1979. She has also worked on diverse collaborative projects with Native people, including developing Native language curriculum materials, as well as collections research and exhibition development. Her primary interest is exploring Indigenous creative traditions and their contemporary expressions.
Galleries will be open before talk.