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A Conversation with Visual Artist Dyani White Hawk: Stories in the Abstract with Heid Erdrich

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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A Conversation with Visual Artist Dyani White Hawk: Stories in the Abstract with Heid Erdrich

Monday, January 28, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Join the East Side Freedom Library for an interdisciplinary conversation featuring the art of Dyani White Hawk. White Hawk will give an artist talk with images followed by a conversation about White Hawk’s practice with poet, curator and artist Heid Erdrich.

White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota) is a visual artist and curator whose work reflects cross-cultural experiences through the combination of modern abstract painting and abstract Lakota art forms. Some works are executed strictly in paint, weaving conceptual influences and aesthetics from each respective history. Others accomplish the same intermingling of artistic lineages through stories embedded in materials. Mixed-media pieces combine traditional painting mediums— acrylic, oil, and canvas, with beadwork, porcupine quillwork and other materials common to Lakota artistic traditions.

As a woman of Sičangu Lakota and European American ancestry Dyani White Hawk was raised within Native and urban American communities. She strives to create honest, inclusive compositions that acknowledge all parts of her history, Native and non-Native, urban, academic and cultural education systems, and at times-conflicting world views

Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media from Michigan State University Press. She is editor of two anthologies of literature by Native writers including NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS form Graywolf Press. She has been exposed to White Hawk’s work early on having curated the Ancient Traders Gallery when White Hawk first started exhibiting. She also guest curated White Hawk’s first solo exhibition at the Bockley Gallery and has used an image of White Hawk’s work for her book of poetry, Cell Traffic.




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East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org and 651-230-3294


January 28
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


East Side Freedom Library


East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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