The Impact of Native American Sovereignty on the Conservation of Native Art
Editor’s note: This event is part of the Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators 2021/22, following three posts from the fellow, the third of which was an email-only exposition sent to all hyperallergic subscribers.
On Tuesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. EST, join us for a special online event with curator Tahnee Ahtone as she discusses the many facets of her conservation work with the Kiowa Tribe and her recent exposure of hyperallergic emails , in which she gave readers an exclusive tour of the tribe’s important educational murals, previously private until now.
The conversation will explore how the conservation of a Native American community connects the realities of Indigenous sovereignty and why it is crucial to include tribal governments when engaging with historical and artistic material related to their communities.
Tahnee Ahtone (Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder) is an enrolled member of the Kiowa tribe, fulfilling many roles in the arts as a museum director, political adviser, curator, and artist. Well-versed in tribal relations, her 25-year career in museums contributes to the arts in service to the United States, Canada and Europe. Her platform as a cultural arts leader is to guide organizational alignment in tribal diplomacy and diversity through engagement initiatives. Tahnee provides advisory and consulting services to help museums, institutions and non-profit organizations improve their tribal relations and understand Indigenous cultures. She was recognized as a Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow ’21, won the Oklahoma Museum Association’s Service to the Field Award ’19, and Dodd Research Center Participant (UpStander Project for Human Rights) ’17. She is an alumnus of the Institute of American Indian Arts (BFA), Harvard University (ALM), Columbia University Business Leadership (certified) and Swansea University (ABD) “Political and Cultural Studies , Stewardship of Native American Art”.
Check out Ahtone’s work ahead of the event – check out her articles on Hyperallergic and her email exhibit:
The Impact of Native American Sovereignty on the Conservation of Indigenous Art: A Conversation with Tahnee Ahtone, Director of the Kiowa Tribal Museum will be hosted on Zoom on Tuesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. EST.
This virtual conversation is free; registration is required to attend.