Art and Identity
Art and Identity
The Memorial Art Gallery presents two exhibitions of contemporary art that celebrate, honor, and educate visitors about indigenous and African cultures
Sky Hopinka: Memories of Movement
Through January 8, 2023
A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Sky Hopinka is an internationally recognized multimedia artist. Hopinka’s exhibition presents friendship, family, and travel as opportunities to reflect on what it means to be an Indigenous person in North America. The exhibition at MAG includes new work by the artist: a three-channel video installation, Here you are before the trees (2020), that focuses on the Indigenous histories of upstate New York and their relationships with other regions of the United States; an etched photograph (2021) of a group of friends together in an Adirondack landscape; and a large-scale calligram (2017), a design approach in which the layout of the text creates a visual image related to the meaning of the words themselves. In this case, the words written by anthropologist Paul Radin in 1923 form a flying goose and describe the Winnebago tribe. Learn more.
Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
July 17 to October 23, 2022
This exhibit showcases a new form of bead art known as the ndwango (cloth), which was developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The black fabric on which the Ubuhle women work is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them grew up wearing. By stretching this textile like a canvas, the artists transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form featuring colored Czech glass beads. Ubuhle means “beauty” in the Xhosa and Zulu languages, and it describes the shimmering quality of light on glass that for the Xhosa people has a particular spiritual significance. Learn more.
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Thursdays, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy half-price museum admission every week.
Pride Celebration Day
July 16, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) for its annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.
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M&T Clothesline Festival
September 10 and 11
Attend this creative celebration and annual fundraiser on MAG grounds.