Mar
8
to Jun 28

Modern TRADITIONS - Group Show Exhibit

Modern TRADITIONS Curator Statement

I feel the responsibility of continuing our culture while expressing our place in a contemporary context is a challenge that is dealt with through many different aspects of visual art. The challenges within paradigms of cultural expression refer to centuries of mis-education and racism, which then influence perceived standards about who we are and efforts to define us in broad terms. Not just the colonizers (or “the others”) view of us but how or why do we accept and ultimately embrace those histories or narratives that have been written for us?

Challenging these ideas of what is considered tradition is important to help us take a critical look at our histories and how those narratives have been influenced for particular agendas throughout history. Today we are voicing and expressing our histories as we experience them and are looking ahead for the future generations to know that we are imparting the importance of self-representation; speaking with our own voice, for our people, in this time.

It is my pleasure and honor to introduce these artists to the Chicago community. It is also my hope that viewers of this exhibit will come away with a deeper understanding of the diversity of Native American contemporary artistic expression. This diversity is reflective of the richness of our relatives and cultures across this continent. This collection also honors the tradition of this place, Chicago, as having been long before European invasion (and still today) a nexus for the exchange of ideas and an important crossroads for people and their respective cultures.

Chris Pappan (Kanza, Osage, Lakota) 2019

Participating Artists: Melissa Melero-Moose (Northern Paiute) Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe) Silvester Hustito (Zuni) Thomas "Breeze" Marcus (Tohono O’odham and Akimel O’odham, Ponca, Otoe)

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Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

Social Dance @ AIC

PARKING IS AVAILABLE @ Albany Bank parking lot @ Kimball and Lawrence (enter on Kimball). Parking in the Albany Bank lot is at the car owner's own risk. Albany Bank and the American Indian Center are NOT responsible for personal injuries, damages to respective vehicles and loss of any personal items.

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Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Curator Reception

Join the American Indian Center for an evening of fun, food and beer! This informal evening will be a celebration of our newest exhibit opening curated by local Native artisit Chris Pappan. Chris and other artists will discuss the exhibit's title, "Modern Traditions: Unity through Diversity" that will be displayed at the American Indian Center. Spend an evening learning more about contemporary American Indian art and helping raise money for one of the oldest urban American Indian Centers in the country.

Tickets available at the following link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-indian-centers-meet-the-curator-reception-tickets-56916644215?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text&fbclid=IwAR3Q6A4Z-kvWMTsd8WVDDkkx-Wh4i9Keq4s_Z_QmpmFVlK7VkGvM5aYwG4o

PLEASE NOTE: This event is 21+ and IDs will be checked at the door. Lagunitas is providing the space free of charge and will donate proceeds of beer sales to AIC! Tamales, chips and salas to be provided by https://www.yvolinas.com/

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Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

Men's Talking Circle

The AIC Veterans group is sponsoring a Men's Talking Circle. We ask all community Women to encourage men in your families to attend.

We are asking the men who attend to think and pray on what it means to be a better man, in and out of this community.

Come share, learn, advise, and listen. Men of all ages are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

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Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Men's Talking Circle

The AIC Veterans group is sponsoring a Men's Talking Circle. We ask all community Women to encourage men in your families to attend.

We are asking the men who attend to think and pray on what it means to be a better man, in and out of this community.

Come share, learn, advise, and listen. Men of all ages are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

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