Experience 37:

MATRIARCHS

October 18, 2018 until January 26, 2019

As Indigenous womxn, we have occupied essential leadership roles in our communities for centuries. While the forces of colonization have sought to dismantle our cultures and life ways, we have fought to maintain and preserve them – not only surviving, but asserting our Indigenous identities at every turn throughout history. Today, our womxn are leading and shaping movements to protect both natural resources and Indigenous bodies. Leading this critical work to heal, recover, and shape brighter, healthier futures, Indigenous womxn are occupying roles as activists, scholars, educators, doctors, attorneys, writers, artists, scientists, and social workers. They are not only re-defining western institutional spaces and professions to fit the unique needs of their communities, but they are acting as visionaries for all of humanity – applying ancestral knowledge and values to develop innovative solutions to our most pressing contemporary issues.

The artists represented in this exhibition are both documenting and participating in these essential movements. From taking an active role on the frontlines at Standing Rock (#protectthesacred), to amplifying the dire realities of the Missing Murdered Indigenous Womxn and Girls across the US and Canada (#mmiw/#mmiwg) these artists are engaged in utilizing their voice to further awareness and activate change. The art works celebrate stories of their ancestors, and asserts their own places within powerful contemporary movements. Some of these movements include healing intergenerational trauma caused by horrific events like the Indian Boarding School period, combating an epidemic of violence against Native womxn (#stopviolenceagainstnativewomen), and fighting against the extractive industries causing irreparable harm to sensitive ecosystems.

MATRIARCHS is curated by two Indigenous curators — Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw Nation) and Jaclyn Roessel (Diné)– and will feature multiple works by 12 contemporary womxn Indigenous artists representing 14 Indigenous communities. Four artists represent communities Indigenous to California. Featured in the experience are an array of mediums including fashion, metalwork, photography, painting, basketry, and video.

A special preview of MATRIARCHS will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm with an introduction by Curators Kristen Dorsey and Jaclyn Roessel scheduled at 6pm.

MATRIARCHS will open for public view on October 18 at 1pm and run through January 26, 2019.

Image Credit: Cara Romero | Naomi, picturing skirt & necklace by Leah Mata Fragua | Archival pigment photograph | 2018

 

Generous support for Experience 37: MATRIARCHS is provided by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Programs

Evening for Educators: EATFebruary 28 @ 5:00 pm
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubJanuary 25 @ 10:00 am
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubJanuary 18 @ 10:00 am
CREATE: My Story, Our StoryJanuary 12 @ 1:00 pm
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubJanuary 11 @ 10:00 am
PLAYJanuary 5 @ 10:00 am
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubJanuary 4 @ 10:00 am
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubDecember 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am
PLAYDecember 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubDecember 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am
ESMoA @ EL SEGUNDO HOLIDAY PARADEDecember 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
CREATEDecember 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Open Studio with Neno BelchevDecember 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubDecember 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am
VIDEO ART + FILM FESTIVAL: MATRIARCHSDecember 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubNovember 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubNovember 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubNovember 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am
CREATE - Monoprint RemixNovember 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Morning for Educators: MATRIARCHSNovember 10, 2018 @ 9:30 am
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubNovember 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am
The Truth about ThanksgivingNovember 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
ESMoA @ TEDX Manhattan BeachNovember 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am
PLAYNovember 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubNovember 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubOctober 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am
EXPERIENCE 16: EMPATHY @ ESMoAOctober 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
CREATEOctober 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
JUST DRAW - ESMoA Drawing ClubOctober 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Evening for Educators: MATRIARCHSOctober 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
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