That Image of a Dead Man on DuSable Bridge
Indigenous people often walk in built landscapes filled with irony and violence. In a sweeping and long-overdue conversation, artist Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe) and scholar Jenny L. Davis (Chickasaw) discuss ideas and misconceptions about Native American history and culture represented in public art, the problems with settler monuments to themselves, the looted and destroyed effigy mounds of Zhegagoynak (Chicago in the Potawatomi language), and how institutions in the land now known as Illinois thwart the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990).
This online event is presented by the newly formed Center for Native Futures; a Native, Black-Native, and Indigenous Artist resource and platform; in partnership with Art Design Chicago Now; series of public programs and digital storytelling that amplifies the voices of Chicago’s diverse artists and designers, past and present, and explores the essential role they play in shaping the now, in the city and beyond.
Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe) is a visual artist currently living in Chicago. Through painting and drawing, Carlson cites entangled cultural narratives and challenges colonial institutional authority relating to Indigenous objects. Current research activities include Indigenous Futurism and assimilation metaphors in film.
Jenny L. Davis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is the director of the American Indian Studies Program.