Here are some of the events on our radar this week:
- The National Museum of the American Indian is hosting a discussion with photojournalists Donovan Quintero (Navajo), Tailyr Irvine (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), and Russel Albert Daniels (Diné descent and Ho-Chunk descent) on Saturday, February 4 at 1pm, titled, Fresh Focus on Native American Photography. The photographers’ works are featured in the museum’s current exhibition, Developing Stories: Native Photographers in the Field.
They write: “A growing number of professional Native American photographers are capturing complex, nuanced, and compelling perspectives of what it means to be Indigenous in the United States today. This program looks at the work of five outstanding Native American art and documentary photographers who have taken on the task of capturing modern Indigenous stories. Deeply concerned with who tells these stories, each participant is lending their voice to portraying what it means to be Native American today.” Advanced registration is encouraged for this free event. The National Museum of the American Indian is free, open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and is located at 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004. For information, visit AmericanIndian.si.edu
- Over at the New Museum, the next installment of their Out of Bounds series features independent archivist and memory worker Zakiya Collier in a conversation about archival practices featured in “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces” on Saturday, January 21 at 12pm. Collier will “facilitate a dialogue about the survival of community memory through collective archiving practices and the gravity of being entrusted with materials that hold the stories of our loved ones.” This event is free with paid Museum admission, but attendance is first come, first served.
- Among the many events celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit this week is a virtual talk with Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac, at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) on Wednesday, January 25, from 5p – 6p. They note, “Every year since 2010, when their Pocket Chinese Almanac launched at MOCA, authors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith have been relating day-by-day forecasts deeply rooted in Chinese culture. January 25—the fourth day of the Year of the Rabbit—is considered an auspicious day: a day to welcome the Kitchen God as he returns from heaven to earth. Families burn incense and light candles to welcome the gods, and prepare fruits, alcohol, fish, chicken, and pork for their meals on this day.” Learn more and register here.
- Another way to celebrate Chinese New Year in-person and fun for the whole family is The W.O.W. Project’s From Chinatown, With Love: Charm Workshop, an afternoon of art-making at Abrons Arts Center on Saturdya, January 28 at 12pm. Participants of all ages are invited to create rabbit-themed headdresses and transform recycled materials into a large-scale community charm. The workshop is presented in conjunction with From Chinatown, With Love, a collaboration between Abrons Arts Center and Wing on Wo’s The W.O.W. Project.