Dakota Mace Curator Talk | TMA Talk
Nov 19, 2022 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thank you to our exhibit partner!
Dakota Mace Curator Talk
TMA Talk Lecture Series
Sat, Nov 19 | 1-2pm | TMA Main Gallery | Free to Members
Artist Dakota Mace was invited to guest curate an exhibition at the Trout Museum of Art focusing on Indigenous artists. With a goal to help bring important conversations to Appleton, Dakota worked alongside TMA Curator, Ann Weuve, to bring her visions and ideas to life.
Dakota curated a grouping of 25 amazing Indigenous artists, not just from the midwest, but from across the US and Mexico. The show went through a number of titles and themes throughout the curation process that Dakota will speak to in the upcoming Curator Talk, along with other processes of curation, artist selection, and her own career and work.
Dakota Mace (Diné) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on translating the language of Diné history and beliefs. Mace received her MA and MFA degrees in Photography and Textile Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BFA in Photography from the Institute of American Indian Arts. As a Diné (Navajo) artist, her work draws from the history of her Diné heritage, exploring the themes of family lineage, community, and identity. In addition, her work pushes the viewer’s understanding of Diné culture through alternative photography techniques, weaving, beadwork, and papermaking.
She has also worked with numerous institutions and programs to develop dialogue on the issues of cultural appropriation and the importance of Indigenous design work. She is currently a grad advisor in painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the photographer for the Helen Louise Allen Textile Center and the Center of Design and Material Culture.
Her work as an artist and scholar has been exhibited nationally and internationally at various conferences, collectives, museums, and galleries, including: Textile Society of America, Weave a Real Peace, Indigenous Photograph, 400 Year Project, Wright Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, Kemper Museum of Art, and the Wallach Art Gallery.