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Arts Leadership Book Club

Winter 2021 Book Club, Unsettling Native American Art Histories on the Northwest Coast by Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse and Adlona Jonaitis

Event Date & Time: Thursday, January 28, 12:00 – 1:30 pm and 5:00 – 6:00 pm (see below for more information)

Location: Online Event

Inseparable from its communities, Northwest Coast art functions aesthetically and performatively beyond the scope of non-Indigenous scholarship, from demonstrating kinship connections to manifesting spiritual power. Contributors to this volume foreground Indigenous understandings in recognition of this rich context and its historical erasure within the discipline of art history.

By centering voices that uphold Indigenous priorities, integrating the expertise of Indigenous knowledge holders about their artistic heritage, and questioning current institutional practices, these new essays “unsettle” Northwest Coast art studies. Key themes include discussions of cultural heritage protections and Native sovereignty; re-centering women and their critical role in transmitting cultural knowledge; reflecting on decolonization work in museums; and examining how artworks function as living documents. The volume exemplifies respectful and relational engagement with Indigenous art and advocates for more accountable scholarship and practices.

-- Language from University of Washington Press


This two-part event session features editors Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse and Dr. Aldona Jonaitis discussing thier new book Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast. Moderated by Dr. Lane Eagles, Associate Curator at Bellevue Arts Museum. 

On January 28th 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST Kathryn Bunn-Marcuseand Aldona Jonaitis, editors of Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast, will give a talk about their book, followed by Q&A led by Lane Eagles. (To RSVP for this session, please claim a ticket here)

On January 28th 5:00pm - 6:00pm PST Lily Hope and Ishmael Hope, featured artists and contributors to Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast, will give a decolonial arts talk and Indigenous Arts demonstration, followed by Q&A led by Lane Eagles. (To RSVP for this session, please claim a ticket here)

Events are free and open to the public.

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Lemieux Library has one electronic copy available

eBook: online access limited to SU patrons

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