Gilcrease Museum’s popular Gilcrease After Hours event returns with an emphasis on Native art and artists. The event is held in conjunction with and in celebration for the exhibition, “T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America,” and in partnership with Tulsa Artist Fellowship. The night will feature musical performances from Native musicians Laura Ortman and Tulsa Artist Fellow Elisa Harkins, as well as a poetry reading from Demian DinéYazhi’.
T.C. Cannon was one of the most influential Native artists of the last century, interpreting the social and political climates of the ‘60s and ‘70s through the lens of his own heritage, as well as providing commentary on social issues like cultural appropriation and land rights through art, poetry and music. “His large-scale paintings and expressive music show American history and pop culture through a Native American lens,” says senior curator and Gilcrease curator of art Laura Fry. “[He tackles] complex issues with a blend of raw emotion and humor.” “T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America” is on display until October 7.
Elisa Harkins is a Muscogee (Creek) composer and artist from Miami, Oklahoma. Her work dwells upon topics like adoption, enrollment and the 1990 Indian Arts and Crafts Act through electronic music, sculpture and the human body. She holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.
Laura Ortman is a White Mountain Apache composer, musician and artist based out of Brooklyn, New York. In addition to solo albums, live performances and soundtracks, she collaborates with artists dealing in film, music, art, dance, multi-media, activism and poetry. Her musical range includes violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, pedal steel guitar, megaphone vocals and field recordings.
Demian DinéYazhi’ is a Diné (Navajo) transdisciplinary artist based out of Portland, Oregon. His work focuses upon curatorial inquiry, zine production, street interventions, education, workshops and transdisciplinary methods of art production. He holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and is creative director of both R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment and “LOCUSTS: A Post-Queer Nation Zine.”
This installment of Gilcrease After Hours will be on Friday, July 27 from 7 – 9 p.m. Admission is free and, in addition to live music, there will be a cash bar and late access to Gilcrease’s galleries. Elisa Harkins performs at 7:30, Laura Ortman at 8:00 and Demian DinéYazhi’ at 8:30.