Migration Stories of Inheritance

Coming to Trickster October 22nd – November 4th

As part of the partnership with the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s “Inherit Chicago” initiative, Trickster Gallery will be hosting a joint exhibit with the Turkish and Filipino communities to showcase artifacts and stories from Native, Turkish, and Filipino cultures. Stay tuned for more information on this exhibit as it becomes available!

See more information about Inherit Chicago events happening all over the city during the month of October here.

Native POP!

Coming to Trickster November 18th – April 2018

Native Pop is a travelling exhibition of a collective of Native American pop artists. The exhibition is meant to show that not only are Native Americans still around and relevant, but that they are capable of producing quality contemporary art that is provocative and intelligent. By offering fresh, contemporary Native perspectives, the collective works to dispel stereotypes attached to indigenous art, primarily the conflation of all Indian art as Southwestern art and the notion that it consists solely of traditional crafts. Rather, Native Pop is reappropriating indigenous imagery that has been distorted by the mainstream Western culture while presenting such imagery through a distinctly Western artistic style. In this way, these artists craft their own identity consisting of an interchange and syncretism between Native and non-Native contemporary American culture. Native Pop is also a form of art activism, providing a platform for Native Americans to comment on the social justice issues facing them today. Overall, the show is meant to stimulate thought on the way native art is perceived, primarily to change the notion that native art and culture is static and unchanging, and, rather, to show that the artistic expression of native culture, like all cultures, is fluid and variable.

Founded two years ago primarily by Brent Learned (Cheyenne/Arapahoe) and Joe Hopkins (Muscogee Creek/Seminole), the collective features some of the best pop artists in Native circles, several of which have previously been featured at Trickster before, including Bunky Echo-Hawk (Yakama/Pawnee), George Curtis Levi (Cheyenne), and Oneka M. Jones (Temock Tribe of Western Shoshone/Northern Paitue). Other notable Native pop artists include Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw), Joshua Garrett (Seminole/Creek/Kiowa), J. NiCole Hatfield (Comanche/Kiowa), and Mallory Thomas (Osage, Cherokee, Crow, Blackfoot). Check out the Native POP! Facebook page here. This exhibition will feature workshops from Breant Learned, Joe Hopkins, and Steve Paul Judd. See the flier for the show here.