Contemporary artist Nicholas Galanin works in a wide variety of media, seemingly equally adept at every form he touches, whether it’s taxidermized animals dissolving into rugs, videos of native and non-native dancers performing to each other’s music, or jewelry honoring the water protectors at Standing Rock.* He’s also a very good musician. An Alaskan-born artist of mixed Native (Tlingit and Unangax̂) and non-Native heritage, Galanin will give a lecture co-presented by RISD’s Sculpture department and Office of Social Equity & Inclusion. The talk happens at 7pm, but there’s a reception immediately preceding it at 6:15pm.
*My partner and I rather sheepishly asked him whether he’d be interested in producing a project for Headmaster, the visual art magazine we co-edit, and we were pleasantly shocked when he actually said yes. His appropriated photo-based work appears in Headmaster No. 8.