Indigenous Chicago

  • Berzock, Kathleen Elizabeth Bickford (Other)

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The Block Museum of Art respectfully requests $99,701 from the Terra Foundation for American Art for research and development of the project Indigenous Chicago: Confluence, Rupture, Flow. By recounting an art history of Chicago from Native American perspectives this project takes a new approach. Chicago sits on the homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa; as well as the Menominee, Miami, and Ho-Chunk nations. The site has long been a cultural and economic hub for Indigenous peoples and is currently home to a diverse Native community. With this acknowledgement as a critical reference and call to action, The Block’s project will explore the confluences that have shaped and continue to shape Indigenous creative practices in Chicago. The curatorial approach will “engage the past in conversation with the present,” to borrow the words of Potawatomi scholar John N. Low (Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago, 2016).

Indigenous Chicago will develop through a collaborative, decolonizing process that upholds Indigenous curatorial methodologies of inclusivity, reciprocity, and research shaped by community priorities. Funds will support: 1) a Native American guest curator and a research fellow to work in partnership with the Block team, 2) two convenings that will bring together: Native American community members from the Chicago area; Northwestern University faculty, staff, and students; and academic specialists on the art and history of the Indigenous peoples of the Chicago region; 3) travel to museums and cultural centers that use Indigenous curatorial practices and/or that have collections related to the project.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date12/1/202/28/23

Funding

  • Terra Foundation for American Art (Graziose AGMT 12/17/20)

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