Art Quantum
96 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
90 color illustrations
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Release Date:01 Mar 2010
ISBN:9780295989969
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Art Quantum

The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, 2009

Edited by James Nottage; By Published with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis
University of Washington Press
While blood quantum laws have been used to determine anindividual's inclusion in a Native group, Eiteljorg fellowshipartists have instead come to view themselves as belonging to the"Art Tribe," through the universal process of art creationand collaboration. Art Quantum presents a selection of theextraordinary work created by the five artists selected for the 2009Eiteljorg Fellowship. In his essay on the long career of Edward Poitras(Gordon First Nation), Alfred Young Man (Cree) places Poitras'sinstallations in the context of Métis and Indian identity as well asthe White art establishment in Canada. Gail Tremblay (Onondaga /Micmac) illuminates the work of Jim Denomie (Ojibwa), reading hisnarrative paintings and intimately scaled portraits through theircomplex and humorous references to history, art history, and currentevents. Jimmie Durham (Cherokee) uses the analogy of music to explorethe language of abstraction in sculptural and two-dimensional works byJeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band of Choctaw / Cherokee), while thesubtle and often monochromatic sculptural installations of FayeHeavyShield (Kainai-Blood) are sensitively interpreted by Lee-AnnMartin (Mohawk). The volume closes with Polly Nordstrand's (Hopi /Norwegian) reflection on the themes of longing/not belonging andplacement/displacement that Wendy Red Star (Crow) documents in herphotographs and appliquéd dance shawls.
It is the goal of the Eiteljorg Fellowship to be a starting point and aplatform for exploration of Native identity and artistic expressionbeyond the concepts of blood quantum laws. Essays by James Nottage,Jennifer Complo McNutt, Ashley Holland (Cherokee), and Paul Chaat Smith(Comanche) help to situate the larger issue of Native identity in thecontemporary art world.

Contributors: Paul Chaat Smith, Jennifer ComploMcNutt and Ashley Holland, Jimmie Durham, Lee-Ann Martin, PollyNordstrand, James H. Nottage, Gail Tremblay, John Vanausdall,and Alfred Young Man

Foreword: Turning Points / John Vanausdall

Introduction / James H. Nottage

Art Quantum: The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art,2009 / Jennifer Complo McNutt and Ashley Holland

No Fixed Destination / Paul Chaat Smith

Edward Poitras: Showing Us the Way / Alfred Young Man

Jim Denomie: Art That Sings and Stings / Gail Tremblay

Jeffrey Gibson: Our Miles Davis / Jimmie Durham

Faye Heavyshield: In the Blood / Lee-Ann Martin

Wendy Red Star: Beauty and the Blow-up Beast / PollyNordstrand

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