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CANCELED – Jolene Rickard on Indigenous Art History and Decolonial Aesthetics

October 7, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building - Map Link

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

The Department of Art and Art History presents Indigenous Art History and Decolonial Aesthetics, the inaugural lecture of the new speaker series, Living Art History: Race, Methodology & Praxis, by Jolene Rickard, Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and Associate Professor in the History of Art and Visual Studies Department at Cornell University.

The intersection between the fields of Native American and Indigenous Studies and Native American and Indigenous Art History are undertheorized with few exceptions. Contemporary Indigenous artists lead the discussion in the arts with curators, exhibitions, and in a distant last, art historians lending perspective on what this work represents. Critical to this moment is the advancing theoretical platform informed by the discourse in Indigenous Studies with little or no attention given to the formation of visuals. Where does the analysis of art history, visual, and material culture fit in the broader discussion of Indigenous Studies? How does the seminal work of Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (1999) register with anthropologist Audra Simpson’s Theorizing Native Studies (2014), or Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s “resurgence” position? Can these theoretical positions inform an Indigenous “decolonial aesthetic” visual analysis? Drawing from Indigenous artists in settler spaces in North America, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Australia, frameworks for considering this artwork will be discussed.

Jolene Rickard is an Associate Professor in the History of Art and Visual Studies Department at Cornell University, where she is also Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. As an art historian, artist, and curator, her work is focused on Indigenous art and material culture in a global context with an expertise in Haudenosaunee historic and contemporary art. Recent projects include the formation of a new journal on global Indigenous art with the Banff Centre for the Arts, partner in the Initiative for Indigenous Futures at Concordia University, and collaborating curator and artist for Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2019) and how the light gets in, Johnson Museum (2019). She was a co-curator for the inaugural exhibition for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC (2004), is a founding board member for the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History, advisor to GRASAC-The Great Lakes Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Culture, and serves on the editorial board of the American Art Journal. Rickard is a citizen of the sixth nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Tuscarora Nation.  

Image: words that are lasting, Hannah Claus, 2018. Queens University, Ontario, Canada. Courtesy of the artist. 

VISITOR INFORMATION: Oshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building on the Stanford campus at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free after 4 pm on weekdays, except by the Oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and ride the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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October 7, 2019, 5:30 pm
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