Notable Blogs: New Art!

Every now and then I post notes from and about Notable blogs I’ve come across. Today’s version is concerned with new theater from Indigenous and Mixed Race peoples of the Americas.

ARC wrote about a major show of art from the Caribbean opening soon in NYC:

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World opens in June at 3 prominent Institutions in NYC

In an unprecedented collaboration organized by El Museo del  Barrio with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, CARIBBEAN: Crossroads  of the World, an ambitious and trailblazing exhibition, will highlight over two centuries of rarely-seen  works from the Haitian Revolution (c. 1804) to the present. The show features more than 400 works  including painting, sculpture, prints, books, photography, film, video and historic artifacts from various  Caribbean nations, Europe and the United States.

Transcendent in scope, CARIBBEAN: Crossroads  examines the exchange of people, goods, ideas and information between the Caribbean basin,  Europe and North America and explores the impact of these relationships on the Caribbean and how  it is imagined. This citywide endeavor, supported by a major grant from MetLife Foundation, opens in  the midst of Caribbean American Heritage Month, observed nationally during the month of June.

June brings the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival to the Japanese American National Museum in L.A.

It was while talking to guests of Mixed Chicks Chat that Fanshen and Heidi realized they had to create a space where artists who identify as Mixed could display their works and encourage others to do so as well.  This is how the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival was born! The first festival, held in 2008, was a huge success and fostered excitement and a dedication to continue to search out and create content that addresses the Mixed experience.

In the last two years, the Festival has showcased many talented filmmakers, writers, and performers including Rebecca Walker, Kip Fulbeck, Danzy Senna, Carleen Brice, Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts, Angela Nissel, Neil Aitken, Sundee Frasier, Karyn Parsons, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng and many many more.

Indigenous New England Literature brings us a preview of The Glooskape Chronicals, a Wabanaki musical!

Last Monday, May 21, I was lucky enough to get up to Orono to see a staged reading of Donna Loring’s musical play, The Glooskape Chronicles: Creation and the Venetian Basket.  I love visiting that UMaine campus: between its proximity to Indian Island and its strong Wabanaki Center, it has a vibrant local indigenous presence, and Native events like this one are well-attended, community gatherings…..

Glooskape opens on three contemporary Penobscot women at a camp deep in the Maine woods: Hazel and Georgia have moved out there to try to live more traditionally and simply; their friend Jane, a Vietnam veteran, is visiting.  The women share their knowledge about the old ways, but the scenario is thoroughly modern, and the dialogue often hilarious, as the women outwit a pushy game warden (deliberately mispronouncing his name “Jeckin,” the Penobscot word for “buttocks”), and tease Hazel’s grandson Little Bear, who also comes for a visit.  These visits prompt Hazel to tell creation stories of Gluskabe, the Wabanaki trickster/culture hero; when, midway through the play, she learns she is terminally ill, her storytelling takes on extra urgency.

Native and Mixed Race writers and artists have long sought voice in a difficult, colonized world. Over the past few decades, many have found voice, as evidenced by a growing body of artistic work that goes far beyond the stereotypes of our art and experiences. I encourage you to seek out new work, and see and hear for yourself!

Do you know of work I might showcase here? Maybe your own, or other work that has moved you?  I’d love to hear about it.

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