Conversation and Celebration of An Indigenous Present at REDCAT

Spread the love

On Friday, Nov. 17, REDCAT, in collaboration with the CalArts School of Art and Indigenous Arts at CalArts, presents a special evening of conversation and celebration.

Titled Our Own Work, Our Own Audiences, this event marks the arrival of the groundbreaking anthology, An Indigenous Present, an exploration of contemporary Indigenous North American art. The talk promises to be an insightful exploration into the world of uncompromising, self-determined Indigenous expression that challenges the conventions of the mainstream art world.

Published by BIG NDN Press/DelMonico Books, the anthology, conceived by the renowned artist and educator Jeffrey Gibson, showcases a diverse range of more than 60 Indigenous artists, including musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, architects, writers, photographers, and designers.

The evening includes a conversation led by Chad S. Hamill/čnaq’ymi (Music BFA 93, MFA 97), the director of Indigenous Arts at CalArts, exploring key themes from the book, such as humor, sound, land as material, and the body. Co-editors Gibson and Jenelle Porter, book designer Sébastien Aubin, and contributors Elisa Harkins (Art MFA 15) and Caroline Monnet share their insights and perspectives, offering a deeper understanding of the anthology’s rich content.

Page from An Indigenous Present, published by DelMonico Books / Big NDN Press.

Rooted in community and dedicated to a broad spectrum of creative expression, the publication reflects a philosophy of creation that, according to Dakota scholar Phillip Deloria, signifies “more than survival, more than resistance.” Instead, it champions a continuity marked by wit, irony, fearlessness, endurance, and an unwavering commitment to future-forward possibilities.

The event is free and will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person.

CalArts Wild Beast | Image by California Institute of the Arts
PUBLISHED BY Elizabeth McRae

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



24700 is CalArts‘ online space dedicated to sharing news and work of the larger CalArts community from around the world. The news site captures stories of the exploration of new forms and expressions in the arts by our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Subscribe Now

Get 24700 delivered straight to your inbox.


Your email has been sent