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Osage photographer’s work to appear at NMAI’s George Gustav Heye Center

The photographs of Osage photographer Keli Mashburn will be featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York City 

Her work will appear in the contemporary Native media art exhibit “Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound,” which opens Nov. 10 and runs through Jan. 6, 2019. It will appear in the East Gallery of the Heye Center.   

“Native artists are challenging long-held ideas about whether art can be both Native and contemporary,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), NMAI director, in a prepared release. “What speaks loudly in ‘Transformer’ is the idea that nontraditional media and modern form can be embraced by Native artists to build upon traditional indigenous expression. The artists don’t lose touch with their heritage, yet they set the stage for future adaptation.” 

The exhibit features 10 artists and nine installations that employ a variety of electrified media, including light, digital projection, innovative sound technology and more, to provide thought-provoking and unforgettable experiences composed for the digital age, according to the release. 

The artists showcased in “Transformer” are Jordan Bennett (Mi’kmaq), Raven Chacon (Diné), Jon Corbett (Métis), Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe), Stephen Foster (Haida), Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax̂ [Aleut]), Keli Mashburn (Osage), Kevin McKenzie (Cree Métis), Julie Nagam (Anishnawbe/Métis) and Marianne Nicolson (Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw). 

In “Ga.ni.tha” (2013) by Ernest, a filmmaker, and Mashburn, a photographer, a two-channel video highlights chaos and disorder as a source of power and purpose imaged through wildfire in the Oklahoma grasslands, according to the release. 

The NMAI George Gustav Heye Center is located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in New York City. For additional information, including hours and directions, visit AmericanIndian.si.edu. Follow the museum via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.