India R. Young
Research Specialist in Native American Art
Princeton University Art Museum
Indigenous Prints and Place-making in the Pacific Northwest
Since Andy Warhol’s first Campbell’s Soup Cans Northwest Coast Indigenous artists have been screen-printing in their own visual vernacular. The first generation of printmakers claimed space broadly for living arts, as opposed to curios or artifacts. Successive generations honed iconographies to negotiate identities, belonging, and sovereignty. Indigenous artists have used the print to reclaim heritage, to share histories, to educate, and to demand recognition from institutions and governments alike. This talk considers how Indigenous printmaking claims psychological space within the public imagination for physical lands and living peoples.