Thursday, January 26 – Sunday, February 26
Artists: Emily Arthur; Faisal Abdu’Allah; John Hitchcock; Jennifer Angus; Derrick Buisch; Laurie Beth Clark; Michael Connors; Tom Jones; Meg Mitchell, and Fred Stonehouse
Social Justice in Native America Today Panel: Friday, February 17, 2-4pm
Reception: Friday, February 17, 5-7:30pm
Location: Edgewood College Gallery, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI 53711
Description: Artists Emily Arthur, (Asst. Professor UW-Madison) Marwin Begaye (Professor, University of Oklahoma) and John Hitchcock (Professor, UW-Madison) present a curatorial project, which metaphorically retraces the history of seventy-two American Indian peoples who were forcibly taken from their homes in Salt Fork, OK, and transported by train to St. Augustine, Florida. The United States war department imprisoned Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Arapaho, and Caddo leaders under Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt from 1875-1878. Ten years later five hundred and thirty Chiricahua Apache men, women, and children were imprisoned in Fort Marion, Florida, which initiated twenty-seven years of prisoner of war status. The curators asked seventy-two artists to create an individual work on paper in the same dimensions as the historic ledger drawings made at Fort Marion from 1875-1878. The exhibition is a contemporary response to a historical experience held intact within American Indian communities through oral history and art.