Annual Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture
Edgar Heap of Birds
Influences, Mentors, Colleagues and Our Homage to this Earth
Tuesday, January 23, 4:15 p.m.
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College
Edgar Heap of Birds is a citizen of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma whose art decries the colonization of Indigenous lands and expresses Native American claims to sovereignty. A multi-media artist, Heap of Birds’ work includes large-scale drawings, paintings, prints, public art projects and sculpture. Through these mediums, he addresses issues of Native American history, identity, colonialism, time, modernity and the meaning of art.
Heap of Birds is a professor of Native American studies at the University of Oklahoma. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution and the Hong Kong Art Center. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation, among other institutions. In 2012, Heap of Birds was recognized as one of 50 of “America’s most accomplished and innovative artists” when he won a United States Artists Ford Fellowship in the visual arts.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Edgar Heap of Birds: Defend Sacred Mountains at the Pitzer College Art Galleries, January 20th March 29, 2018.