Objects of Exchange examines the material culture of the period for visual evidence of historical flux and shifting social relations within Native groups as well as between them and the surrounding settler nations of Canada and the United States. It focuses on objects—variously construed as art, artifact, and commodity—that challenge well-established stylistic or cultural categories and that reflect patterns of intercultural exchange and transformation. Drawing on the
remarkable collections at the American Museum of Natural History, this exhibition reveals the artistic traces of dynamic indigenous activity whereby objects were altered, repurposed, and adapted to keep up with changing times.


Participants:

Megan Smetzer
Independent Art Historian

Katie Bunn-Marcuse
Lecturer, Division of Art History, University of Washington
Managing Editor, Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art, Burke Museum

Mique’l Icesis Askren
Art History Doctoral Student, UBC Leader, The Git Hayetsk Dancers

Judith Ostrowitz
Independent Scholar

Michael Dangeli
Nisga’a/Tlingit/Tsimshian Artist


Schedule:
1:30–1:45pm

Introduction
Opening words/song by Mique’l Askren and Mike Dangeli


1:45–2:30pm
Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse
“Heavy Metal: The Weighty Meanings of Northwest Coast Jewelry”


2:30–3:15pm
Megan Smetzer
“Creating Beauty from Pain: The Ambivalence of Tlingit Beadwork”


3:15–3:30pm
Break


3:30–4:15pm
Mique’l Askren
“Choreographing Photography and Stone: Issues of Practice and Praxis in Leading the Git Hayetsk Dancers”


4:15–5pm
Judith Ostrowitz
“It Looks Like Manga: The Cosmopolitanism of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas”


5–5:30pm
Cultural presentation by Mique’l Askren and Mike Dangeli


5:30–6:30pm
Reception

For additional information contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.