Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology
Sunday, Jun 11, 2023
Fridays 2-6 PM
Saturdays & Sundays 1-5 PM
Admission is always free
This exhibition documents international Indigenous artists’ responses to the impacts of radiation and toxic waste on Native peoples and the environment. The work of the 36 artists and collectives, most of whom identify as Indigenous, is centered around the impact that nuclear testing, uranium mining, and the subsequent contamination have had on the colonized peoples and their ancestral, unceded lands of present-day Australia, Canada, Greenland, the US, Japan, and the Pacific Islands. The exhibition presents an interdisciplinary mixture of forms and genres, including sculpture, video installation, photography, collage, glasswork, metalwork, fiber, paintings, and virtual-reality experiences. The works tell personal stories of illness, struggle, and resilience in the face of corporate willfulness and government complicity.
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Exposure was first presented in August 2021 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a contemporary art venue operated by the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was organized by a curatorial team led by MoCNA’s Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man. The exhibition and its accompanying hardcover catalogue were made possible with support from the Ford Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This will be the first west coast presentation of this poignant exhibition which, following its premiere at MoCNA, will be presented at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum (Saginaw, MI) and the El Paso Museum of Art (TX) in addition to the Armory.
Upcoming Public Programs
Check back in April for more public programs centered around Exposure. All exhibition public programs are free, and donations are appreciated. To support our programming, please go to armoryarts.org/support.
Visitor guides are available as downloadable PDFs. Prior to your visit, you can download the Gallery Guide or Family Guide with information about the exhibition and activities that correspond to the artworks in the exhibition. Paper copies are also available onsite at our gallery desk.
Our Gallery Guide provides the biographies of all the artists involved in this exhibition.
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Includes a word search, map, art-making activities, and more information for gallery guests. Family Guides are available for anyone and are specially made for kids to have a deeper dive into the artwork. This document is in English and Spanish.
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Past Public Programs
Public Exhibition Opening Celebration
Sunday, February 19
Exhibition Hours: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Printmaking Workshop: 12:30 to 2:00 PM
Curator Walkthrough: 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Join us to celebrate our new exhibition Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology. Manuela Well-Off-Man, exhibition curator and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, will host a public walkthrough of this powerful exhibition starting at 2:00 PM. Before the curator walkthrough, join us at 12:30 PM for an all-ages, hands-on printmaking workshop led by teaching artist Ed Leonardi. Design your own symbols of protection inspired by the exhibition. This event is free and open to everyone. Donations are appreciated. To support our programming, please go to armoryarts.org/support.
Image: APY Art Collective (Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara/Luritja) artists. Kulata Tjuta (“many spears”), 2017, 550 suspended kulata (spears), 27 coolamons (vessels), video. 2023 installation photo at Armory Center for the Arts by Ian Byers-Gamber.
Exposure was supported by generous grants from the Ford Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and by Air Tahiti Nui.
This exhibition was made possible at the Armory with generous support from the Pasadena Art Alliance. Lead support for all Armory programs comes from the Los Angeles Arts Recovery Fund and the Perenchio Foundation.