January 26 Photo/Synthesis Opening
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman
Info: An exhibition of photography by Will Wilson (U.S., Navajo; b. 1969) extends the body of portraiture of Native Americans in Oklahoma, while shifting preconceptions about the historical narrative within which the Native community is often presented. The title refers to both the use of photography as a medium and the synthesis of Edward S. Curtis’s original work into the construction of a body of photography that extends and empowers Native representation from the historic into the present. This exhibition is an extension of Wilson’s ongoing Critical Indigenous Photography Exchange, which began in 2012.
PHOTO/SYNTHESIS is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Participating tribal communities include: Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, Comanche Nation, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.
Beyond the descendants’ photographs, other portraits of Oklahoma’s Native American community taken in summer 2016 during Wilson’s residency will be included. Defying Curtis’s external measurement of cultural vitality, selected portraits of Oklahoma’s tribal community are incorporated into the gallery to create a visual and metaphorical presence of a broader community. To further enhance the presence of the Native community within the gallery, Wilson made video recordings of some of the leaders speaking to the contemporary issues they face. These first-person accounts will be provided within the gallery through the augmented reality software, Layar. Wilson’s Talking Tintypes will be the first use of this software in a museum and with his photography.
For more information: www.ou.edu/fjjma
Media contact: Stefanie Brickman, 405-593-9060 or [email protected]