Native Arts and Culture Foundation (NACF) visited Marie Watt (Seneca) and Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota) in August during their c3:initiative core residency in Colton, Oregon. The artists worked on preliminary plans for a community-engaged sculpture to be displayed in the upcoming exhibition Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger at the Denver Art Museum, May 23-August 22, 2021. We joined the artists as part of a partnership to support their collaboration, at Camp Colton—an 85-acre property nestled in a tree canopy of the lush Pacific Northwest forests—where we filmed a short video for a call to participate in their project.
Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger is the first exhibition to jointly present the work of NACF National Artist Fellows Watt and Luger. Each/Other will feature 24 mixed-media sculptures, wall hangings, and large-scale installation works by Watt and Luger, along with the artist-guided community sculpture. While each artist’s practice is rooted in collaboration, this is their first opportunity to work and exhibit alongside one another. This unique collaboration will allow audiences to see both the similarities and contrasts in their work.
Stay tuned for more information about this project in the coming months!
In an age of social distancing, we are all looking for new ways to strengthen our physical and emotional resilience. Making connections is more important than ever. What would the world look like if, as humans, we thought of ourselves as companion species? Can acts of creative collaboration help heal broken bonds with the environment and with each other? The artists invite the public to consider such questions while contributing to the physical manifestation of a large-scale sculptural installation. Through national and international participation, the artwork will become a temporary monument to collective relationship and collaborative handwork, bringing audiences into a tactile encounter with critically relevant issues of protection, shelter, reciprocity, sustenance, exchange, power, action, stewardship, wildness, kinship, vulnerability, and ferocity.
Embroidered bandanas needed by October 31, 2020
- Acquire a bandana or a piece of repurposed fabric roughly the size of a bandana
- Fold bandana/fabric corner to corner to create a triangle
- Embroider/stitch text, imagery or any other visual sentiment onto a corner portion of the fabric
- Ship to the artists at this address:
30088 S Camp Colton Dr
Colton, OR 97017
Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with generous support from the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, c3: initiative, Native Arts and Culture Foundation, Osage Nation Foundation, and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4. For more information see the press release.