With ‘PIVOT,’ FLC mounts major show of Native American painting

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With ‘PIVOT,’ FLC mounts major show of Native American painting

Skateboard decks are canvas of choice
Three Apache Skateboards by artist Douglas Miles Sr. (San Carlos Apache-Akimel O’odham).
Three boards illustrate the range of styles in “PIVOT.”: LEFT: “Uts eh” (Apache) by Duane Koyawena (Hopi/Tewa), acrylic, 2020; CENTER: “Muzhikho” (Hopi Rabbit Stick Design), by Duane Koyawena, acrylic, 2020; and RIGHT: “Prayer for the People,” by Landis Báhe (Diné), acrylic, 2020.
Detail of “Raven Spirit,” by James Johnson (Tlingit), adapted from 1825 Raven Teaching.

With ‘PIVOT,’ FLC mounts major show of Native American painting

Three Apache Skateboards by artist Douglas Miles Sr. (San Carlos Apache-Akimel O’odham).
Three boards illustrate the range of styles in “PIVOT.”: LEFT: “Uts eh” (Apache) by Duane Koyawena (Hopi/Tewa), acrylic, 2020; CENTER: “Muzhikho” (Hopi Rabbit Stick Design), by Duane Koyawena, acrylic, 2020; and RIGHT: “Prayer for the People,” by Landis Báhe (Diné), acrylic, 2020.
Detail of “Raven Spirit,” by James Johnson (Tlingit), adapted from 1825 Raven Teaching.
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A moveable feast

In 2017, the first skateboard art show had modest beginnings. The Fort Lewis College exhibition is the fourth iteration of “PIVOT,” and the exhibition will now go on tour to institutions across the West.
In 2019, former Center of Southwest Studies Curator Jeanne Brako saw an expanded version of the first show at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. It followed a modest installation at Flagstaff’s Tat-Fu Tattoo Studio and Gallery. Both were successful, and “PIVOT” next traveled to the campus of Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona.
Brako urged FLC center staff members to consider “PIVOT” for a major show. Curator Elizabeth Quinn followed through. Duane Koyawena and Landis Báhe visited late in 2019 and returned in March 2020 to design the installation.
A major fundraising campaign has enabled the exhibition team to stage a handsome show that will travel next year. Center members, donors, community friends, La Plata Electric Association Round Up Foundation and a special group of supporters through Giving Tuesday Crowdfunding has made it all possible.
“Some of the works are for sale,” Quinn said. “Any monies collected will go directly to the artists. There is no commission.”
Judith Reynolds

If you go

WHAT: “PIVOT: Skateboard Deck Art.” A new exhibition curated by Duane Koyawena and Landis Báhe.

WHEN: Now through spring 2021.

WHERE: Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive.

MORE INFORMATION: By appointment only, limited to small-groups. Contact the center at 247-7456 or visit http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu and click on Appointments under Plan Your Visit tab. Free.

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