For Carmina Escobar, by Raven Chacon

Raven Chacon: For Zitkála-Šá Performance

Saturday, July 16
4:00pm and 7:30pm

Whitney Museum of American Art
Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theatre

Purchase your tickets here.

Autumn Chacon
Carmina Escobar
Joy Harjo
Candice Hopkins
Suzanne Kite
Koyoltzintli (performing For Barbara Croall)
Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Ange Loft
Laura Ortman
Heidi Aklaseaq Senungetuk
Olivia Shortt
Jacqueline Wilson

Kite, along with other musicians and artists, will be performing a new composition, part of Raven Chacon's For Zitkála-Šá exhibition presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The title of the series refers to the Yankton Dakota composer and musician Zitkála-Šá, who lived from 1876 to 1938. As Chacon has written, “In the early twentieth century [Zitkála-Šá] was known as a composer, writer, editor, teacher, and political activist. Several of her works chronicled her early struggles with identity; as an orator, many of her speeches brought awareness to the systemic oppression of Native people. As a composer and musician, Zitkála-Šá taught violin, later writing the libretto and songs for The Sun Dance Opera (1913), the first American Indian opera.”

For more information, please visit the Whitney's event page here

For Zitkála-Šá, published by Art Metropole


Kite, along with other contributors, wrote a section for the new book of scores, For Zitkála-Šá, by artist and composer Raven Chacon.

Paying tribute to Yankton Dakota writer, musician, and activist Zitkála-Šá (b.1876), this publication is structured through a series of scores for thirteen contemporary female Indigenous performing artists: Laura Ortman, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Suzanne Kite, Barbara Croall, Jacqueline Wilson, Autumn Chacon, Heidi Senungetuk, Ange Loft, Joy Harjo, Carmina Escobar, Olivia Shortt, Candice Hopkins, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. For Zitkála-Šá is supplemented by texts by each artist and a contextualizing essay by Chacon.

To purchase a copy, please visit Art Metropole's website here

For Zitkála-Šá is co-published by Art Metropole and New Documents and coincides with Chacon’s work at the 2022 Whitney Biennial.

Ships late July 2022.

Anti-Colonial Methodologies & Disrupting Institutions:
Kite and Meranda Roberts in conversation

Thursday, July 21, 2022
6:00pm EST (In Person Event)
Registration Link

Forge Project

708 New Forge Road II, Ancram, NY 12502

Forge Project is hosting a talk and conversation with Meranda Roberts (Northern Paiute and Chicana) and Kite (Oglala Lakota) on Indigenous research methodologies and ways of knowing, and how those anti-colonial frameworks can disrupt institutional knowledge keeping, in conservation and preservation but also in archives and collections management, curation and installation design, artist and community collaborations, and even accompanying text and publications.

For more information, please visit the event announcement at the Forge Foundation website here.
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