Current Exhibitions

Kite & Natani Notah: In the Realm of Miracles
August 5 - September 25, 2022

In the Realm of Miracles brings together two Tulsa Artist Fellows, Kite and Natani Notah. The works of both indigenous artists embrace and expand beyond the link of cultural heritage. Kite and Notah stretch the understanding of mixed media while exploring the intersections of the human and the natural worlds. Each of their artworks can be viewed through a lens of duality or a juxtaposition of thought and theory. What answers about life can be found by investigating our connection to our universe and our shared or contrasting philosophies?

For more information, please visit the 108 Contemporary website here.

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts
August 18 – October 30, 2022

Presented at the Kansas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA


How can a score be a call and tool for decolonization?

Curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts features newly commissioned scores, performances, videos, sculptures and sound by Indigenous and other artists who respond to this question. Unfolding in a sequence of five parts, the scores take the form of beadwork, videos, objects, graphic notation, historical belongings, and written instructions. During the exhibition these scores are activated at specific moments by musicians, dancers, performers and members of the public, gradually filling the gallery and surrounding public spaces with sound and action.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit the KCAI website here.

NIGHT SCHOOL: What's on the Earth is in the Stars, and What's in the Stars is on the Earth 

Thursday, September 15, 2022
8:00pm PST

Presented at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

15 NE Hancock St. Portland, OR 97212

Kite will be presenting her experimental lecture “What‘s on the Earth is in the Stars, and What’s in the Stars is on the Earth,” at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art as part of their twentieth annual Time-Based Art Festival, happening September 8–18, 2022, in Portland, OR.

Understanding extraterrestrials as a product of American mythology requires seeing the multiplicity of fears in the American consciousness. Just like the hydra of conspiracy that shapes America as a nation, the intersections between extraterrestrials and the American nation-state fracture into even more intricate pieces of an unsolvable puzzle. Multimedia artist and scholar Kite performs an experimental lecture, “What‘s on the Earth is in the Stars, and What’s in the Stars is on the Earth,” which probes the real conspiracies through multiple dimensions: Lakota epistemologies and the American paranormal.

For more information, please visit PICA's website here.

Indigenous Sonic Agency

Thursday, September 22, 2022
12:30m EST


Kite will be moderating a panel discussing Indigenous Sonic Agency, as part of the Arts + Environmental Justice Symposium, presented by Mural Arts Philadelphia. This event will be online and accessible to the public. 

This panel discussion highlights the work of multidisciplinary artist Nathan Young, a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, and his plans to create a site-specific, sound-based installation in the landscape surrounding historic Pennsbury Manor – a reconstruction of the home of Pennsylvania founder William Penn. Building upon traditional Lenape practices of song-making and environmental stewardship, the installation will encourage individuals to consider histories of colonialism from a new perspective tuning in to sounds of Lenapehoking today. Moderated by Oglala Lakota Artist Kite aka Suzanne Kite, this conversation bringing together the artist and project organizers, will explore the development of the installation through the lens of indigenous sonic agency.


To sign up for the event, please visit the event link here.


A lecture-performance for Skill Futures, Presented by the Singapore Art Museum

Wednesday, September 28
7:30 - 9:00pm SGT
Online via Zoom

In this online performance, Suzanne Kite composes a ‘visual score’ – a form of experimental music notation – entailing symbolic forms that performers and musicians can read and interpret. Deriving ideologies from traditional Lakȟóta artmaking, as seen in their quillwork and beadwork, these processes of visual score-reading are reflected in their geometric designs, and translated from the aftermath of a waking or sleeping dream.

Similarly to reading and writing music, these designs communicate concepts without verbal language, becoming a semiotic language, a language of symbols that do not have to be explained. Like stories, their meaning changes over time and develops over a lifetime, no longer confined to its original interpretation. Creating a dream narrative from a collection of visions re-enacted through videos, the performance, Tȟaŋmáhel, will assign visions to symbols and weave a complete graphic score into being.

The performance will be followed by a conversation and Q&A moderated by SAM curator Syaheedah Iskandar. This session is held in conjunction with the programme series Skill Futures.

To sign up for the free online event, please visit the Skill Futures website here.

Lakota-Sys (L-Sys), Listener Performance

Friday September 30, 2022
7:00pm CST
RSVP here

Epperson Auditorium at KCAI
4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111

As part of the exhibition Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, presented at the Kansas City Institute of Art Gallery, Kite will be performing her works Lakota-Sys (L-Sys) and Listener. 

For more information on the exhibition and the performance, please visit the KCAI Gallery website for Soundings here.

Upending Expectations for Indigenous Music, Noisily

Kite, along with various Indigenous musicians, was featured in a New York Times article exploring experimental Indigenous music.

"The immersive sound art of Suzanne Kite, the self-made scrapyard instrumentation of Warren Realrider, the scabrous violin solos of Laura Ortman — these musicians and many of their peers are rapidly upending ideas about what it means to sound Native."

To access the article, follow this link.


The Whitney Biennial 2022 Review: Raven Chacon’s ‘For Zitkála-Šá’

For Zitkála-Šá, Raven Chacón's compositions presented at the Whitney Bienniale, was reviewed for Operawire by Jennifer Pyron.


"‘For Suzanne Kite’ activates numerology in design with the body. The score is a series of +/- numbers and X’s that invite the performance artist to freely decide in the moment how to value the symbol as a language. Kite interpreted this composition by deciphering as a process of prayer and honoring the work as a documentation to remember. She fully engaged her body, mind, spirit and strong backbone of Lakota philosophy to engage audience members with something more profound.

She also incorporated moments of noise in between spoken-words that fused together this decoding process in a modern way. Audience members were awe-struck with her raw portrait of art as decolonization and her higher understanding of the ways as knowing."

To access the article, please follow this link.

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