Last Friday AICHO introduced its new exhibit, presented in the Robert Powless Cultural Center. The Long Night of the Floating Shell was named for the shell that manifested to guide the Anishinaabe in their journey to Minnesota as well as the significance of shells in Maya culture. This exhibit, open through July 19th, evokes a sense of journey, exploring the turbulent and triumphant experiences of contemporary Indigenous artists Zamara Cuyún and Jonathan Thunder. Thunder is from the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota and Cuyún is from the Twin Cities with roots in the Maya Highlands of Guatemala, but both were able to find common ground in their Indigenous perspectives.
Listen to an interview with Jonathan Thunder about the exhibit HERE.
Keep an eye out for the closing artist talk on June 22nd, 2019!
AICHO hosted the closing of the Exchange Exhibit on May 18th at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center with an artist talk and reception. The exhibit ran from the 5th until its closing, with a focus on unifying 5 different communities from across Minnesota. The photos and videos of the exhibit span a two decade stretch and tell the stories of local communities in digital form. Forty pieces were presented, with featured artists from Red Lake, Leech Lake, Bois Forte, Saint Paul and Crookston, Minnesota. This multifaceted gallery was also a celebration of art itself, meant to encourage an appreciation for community-based arts, and the artists' stunning work represents this.
This exhibit was a part of the larger Exchange Tour, a series of exhibits and screenings dedicated to the sharing of stories and appreciation of the arts. Special thanks to In Progress, the nonprofit organization at the heart of the exhibition. More information can be found on In Progress and the Exchange Tour at http://in-progress.org.
The curators from each community are as follows:
Reyna Lussier- Red Lake Nation
Karen Norris-Barret- Red Lake Nation
Nicole Staples- Leech Lake Reservation
Christina Rodriguez- Crookston
Maria Arguelles- Crookston
Melissa Vang- Saint Paul
Katherina Vang- Saint Paul
Cecilia Martinez- Bois Forte Nation
We are grateful to all the participating artists and were glad to welcome their work to the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center.
At the start of May, AICHO was lucky enough to host several talented local musicians for the annual Duluth Homegrown celebration. The performances featured accomplished local bands Big Into and Big Science and talented solo artists Seyi Oyinloye and Teague Alexy, AICHO locals and guests flocked to the Robert Powless Center. A big thank you to the performers and audience members who came to the show!
Top left: Big Into. Top Right: Big Science. Middle: Seyi Oyinloye (We apologize for less than ideal photo quality). Bottom: Teague Alexy
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