Calendar: Panel: Indigenous Contemporary Art

Event Description

Meet us at the museum for a panel discussion focusing on Indigenous contemporary art of the South Florida Miccosukee and Seminole Tribes. The panel will present and discuss the art of various Miccosukee and Seminole contemporary artists from an art historical perspective that details the knowledge systems behind their work and practice. The panel will detail contemporary patchwork as it relates to artist Felipe Mujica’s current exhibition at PAMM, Felipe Mujica: The Swaying Motion on the Bank of the River Falls, in which he collaborated with contemporary artist Khadijah Cypress. The panel features exhibition artists Felipe Mujica and Khadijah Cypress; exhibition curator Jennifer Inacio; art-historian Durante Blais-Billie; and poet, artist, and environmental activist Houston Cypress.  

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Simultaneous interpretation into American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided for this panel.
Interpretation will be provided in Kreyol and Spanish via phone line, please have a telephone at hand to call into the interpretation line.
Ap gen entèpretasyon an Kreyòl ak Panyòl sou liy telefòn, tanpri sonje genyen yon telefòn pare, pou w ka rele liy telefòn pou tande entèpretasyon an.
Se proveerá interpretación en Criollo Haitiano y Español por medio de una línea telefónica; por favor tenga un teléfono a mano para llamar a la línea de interpretación.

 

Dante Blais-Billie is a Two-Spirit member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. They hold an MA in Art History and Management from the University of St Andrews and have served their tribe as Assistant Director of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.  Their work focuses on reclaiming Indigenous knowledge systems through Native-led education with the central mission of Decolonial healing. They are dedicated to exploring the intersections of Seminole identity, Indigenous knowledge, and Seminole visual culture. Dante utilizes their lived experience and the knowledge gifted to them by their community to negotiate what ‘Art History’ truly looks like for their people. They are also an advocate for cultural continuation through intergenerational organization and serve as a Group Leader for the independent youth council Future Indigenous Leaders of South Florida. Working in their community, Dante is a founding contributor of their tribe’s first Two-Spirit Affirmation project where they advocate for Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ rights as an essential part to community wellbeing.  

Rev. Houston R. Cypress is a Two-Spirit poet, artist, filmmaker and environmentalist from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.  Home is the Miccosukee Reservation in the River of Grass region of the Greater Everglades, an area described by the Miccosukee as “Shimmering Waters.” The Everglades was a refuge for his ancestors and continues to be the source of traditional plant medicines.  He experiments with strategies for engaging communities and inspiring action via the Love The Everglades Movement. Art, conflict management, facilitation, multimedia communications, gender diversity and spirituality are some of the disciplines & priorities that he contributes by collaborating with local, regional, and international organizations, including a special respect for indigenous sovereignties. Regarding cinema, Patricio Guzman of Chile inspires: “A country without documentaries is like a home without photo albums.” Houston invites you to join him in creating portals between worlds. 

Khadijah Cypress lives on the Miccosukee reservation and has been doing patchwork for the last six years after learning the craft techniques from her grandmother. In July 2018 she founded the Miccosukee Creativity Center—a community center on the reservation to foster the traditions of patchwork in her tribe while helping community members learn patchwork, beadwork, baskets and other crafts. In December of 2019, she was coordinated the fashion show for the Annual Miccosukee Indian Arts & Crafts Festival. She recently collaborated and oversaw the patchwork production for artist’s Felipe Mujica exhibition at Pérez Art Museum Miami. 

Jennifer Inacio is associate curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami where she recently curated Felipe Mujica: The Swaying Motions on the Bank of the River Falls (2021). Selected curated exhibitions at PAMM include MY BODY, MY RULES (2020); Barbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca: Estás vendo coisas (2019); Pedro Neves Marques: A Mordida (2018); the museum's first Augmented Reality exhibition Felice Grodin: Invasive Species (2017–ongoing); and Sid Grossman: Photography, Politics, and the Ethical Image (2018). As an ambassador of The55Project—an organization with the mission to promote Brazilian visual artists and cultural projects in the United States—she has curated Gustavo Prado: The Undercurrent (2020); Nádia Taquary—Oríkì: Bowing to the Head (2019); and What I really want to tell you… (2019). Inacio holds a Masters in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London (2014).  

Felipe Mujica (Santiago, Chile, 1974) studied art at the Universidad Católica de Chile. Just out of art school, in 1997, he co-founds with Diego Fernández and José Luis Villablanca the artist-run space Galería Chilena (GCH), which operated between 1999 and 2005, first as a nomadic and commercial art gallery and later as a collaborative art project, a curatorial “experiment”. In early 2000 Mujica moved to New York City where he currently lives. Parallel and interrelated to his own work Mujica has organized and produced many collaborative projects, which include mostly exhibitions and the editing, design, and publishing of books. Mujica has exhibited internationally in venues such as Dimensions Variable, Miami, Sindicato, República Dominicana, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago de Chile, Galerie von Bartha, Basel, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, Basel/S-chanf, 32a Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Museo Experimental El Eco, México D.F., The Carpenter Center for The Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fondazione Merz, Turín, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Ciudad de Guatemala, Museo del Barrio, New York, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, and Die Ecke Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago. He is currently exhibiting at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.