Jonathan Moore, noted leader in Seattle’s music and arts community, contributed greatly to the development of Seattle Theatre Group®’s Re:definition Gallery. We are honored to have been recipients of his graciousness, skills and expertise. We mourn his loss along with his family and the legions of friends and associates with whom he connected throughout the city.
Re:definition was launched in 2016 with the goal of redefining historic cultural space. With this purpose in mind, STG has transformed our Paramount Theatre’s lobby bar into an art gallery. Rotating exhibits throughout the year showcase works from visual artists whose pieces highlight issues of race and social justice, both locally and globally.
The focus for 2017 is to elevate the presence and availability of work created by Indigenous artists, as curated by Tracy Rector. Learn more below!
We remain grateful to our first curators, Jonathan Moore and Tariqa Waters. For more information on their contributions, as well as those of past artists, please visit our archive.
2017 CURATOR’S MISSION STATEMENT: The pervasive colonizer mentality of writing and re-writing history, to serve the needs of those in power, is a symptom of "dis-ease" that impacts our global body. As an act of healing, now is the time to decolonize false narratives, spaces and our minds. Re:definition gives us the opportunity to collectively imagine an Indigenous centered future, engineer interwoven fantasies, and carves out a space for Indigenous people to feel acknowledged with honesty, beauty and truth.
ABOUT THE CURRENT CURATOR
Tracy Rector is a mixed race (Choctaw/Seminole) filmmaker, curator, community organizer, co-founder of Longhouse Media and a 2016 Stranger Genius. She has made over 400 short films, and is currently in production of her third feature documentary. As co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point, co-director of Clearwater, and director of Ch'aak' S'aagi; Rector has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project, Toronto International Film Festival, the Seattle Art Museum and in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian.
After years of galvanizing community and working in a directorial role, Rector has begun to transfer her method of storytelling to gallery exhibitions including YOU ARE ON INDIGENOUS LAND at Core Gallery, Women On the Brink at Vermillion Gallery, and BLOODLINES at Bridge Productions. As a Native Education specialist, Rector has facilitated work with over 3,000 youth, worked as a consultant with the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), served as a Native Naturalist for the Olympic Sculpture Park, and is involved with SAM’s newly expanded Native American wing.
Tracy has received the National Association for Media Literacy award for outstanding contributions made in the field of media education, she is currently a Firelight Media Fellow, is a WGBH Producer Fellow, Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, Tribeca All Access Grantee and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. Raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, Tracy currently lives in Seattle and sits as a City of Seattle Arts Commissioner.
Photo Credit: Petter Cohen
NEW ARTIST - Exhibit runs September 28, 2017 to February 2018
Joe (wahalatsu?) Seymour, Jr. (Squaxin Island/Pueblo of Acoma) has worked with glass, photography, Salish wool weaving, prints, wood, and rawhide drums. He started his artistic career by carving his first paddle for the 2003 Tribal Journey to Tulalip, the same year he carved his first bentwood box. It was after this journey that he learned how to stretch and make drums. In 2005, Joe attended the Preston Singletary residence at the Longhouse at Evergreen State College. He has participated in the international gathering of Indigenous Artists, PIKO 2007, in Hawai’i and in the 2010 Te Tihi, fourth Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists in New Zealand. Joe has been a participating artist in the “In the Spirit” art shows, facilitated through the Longhouse and the Washington State History Museum. Recently, Joe was featured at The Core gallery in January 2016 as part of YOU ARE ON INDIGENOUS LAND and in July 2017 he was the artist in residence at Eight Generation at the Pike Place Market. His work can be seen in the Portland Art Museum; the Squaxin Museum; Learning and Resource Center in Shelton, Washington; and the Hilo Art Museum in Hawai’i. Joe received a Native Arts grant from the Potlatch Fund and the Visual Art Program grant from the National Museum for the American Indian, as well as multiple National Native Creative Development Program grants from the Longhouse at Evergreen State College.
PREVIOUS ARTISTS - Exhibit ran May 26, 2017 to September 2017
Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an multimedia artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He began working in theatre and performance in 2001 and after five years transitioned towards his current practice that fuses painting and drawing with digital-media, audio-visual performance, animation and narrative. His work combines Indigenous Northwest Coast form and story with digital platforms and old growth. He is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design for a B.F.A. in Visual Arts. He also studied Northwest Coast art, carving and design from acclaimed Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn Hunt and Dean Hunt. He was a recipient of the 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art and has recently received public art commissions from the City of Vancouver.
Some of his notable exhibitions, performances and screenings have been at Grunt Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Unit PITT Projects, Vancouver International Film Festival (Vancouver), Three Walls Gallery (Chicago), Ottawa International Animation Festival, SAW Gallery (Ottawa), Royal BC Museum, Open Space (Victoria), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Atlantic Film Festival, Tidal Force – Independent Media Arts Alliance (Halifax), Art Mur, Sommets du Cinéma D’animation (Montreal), ImagineNative, Toronto International Film Festival, Music Gallery (Toronto).
Margie Morris is a Raven/Frog clan Tlingit from Alaska who is currently a resident in the Pacific Northwest. She has been hand making elk hide drums with her intricate and detailed form line designs for over 30 years. In addition, Ms. Morris has been studying with master artists and cultural leaders in the areas of song, dance, carving and regalia making. Her work is found in Native Artist Markets in Washington State including at Folklife Festival, Daybreak Star, Evergreen State Community College Longhouse, Duwamish Longhouse, Kirshner Museum, Celebration in Juneau, Alaska Federation of Native in Anchorage, and in New York and DC at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Amanda Spotted Fawn Strong is an Indigenous (Michif) filmmaker, media artist and stop motion artist currently based out of unceded Coast Salish territory also known as Vancouver. Amanda’s work explores ideas of blood memory and Indigenous ideology. Her background in photography, illustration and media extend into her detailed award-winning works. Her films Indigo and Mia’ have screened internationally, most notable at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival. Amanda has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the NFB. Amanda has received the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video, Vancouver Mayors Arts Awards for Emerging Film and Media Artist and The Clyde Gilmour Technicolor Award emerging artists, selected by Alanis Obomsawin. Her latest short animation Four Faces of the Moon will be premiering with CBC Short Docs and is being developed into a graphic novel. Amanda is currently developing Wheetago War and Sugar Bush, two new short animations as well as developing her works into interactive spaces.
PREVIOUS ARTISTS - Exhibit through May 24, 2017
Kalen Goodluck is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, and journalist originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His photographic work has explored Indigenous human rights issues on his tribal home in Fort Berthold, ND, food scarcity and justice in the Hudson Valley; cultural identity and landscapes in his homes of New Mexico and New York; and the historic environmental justice movement currently taking place in Standing Rock, North Dakota.
He attended Bard College and received a B.A. in Human Rights with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies.
Kalen comes from the Diné (Navajo), Mandan, Hidatsa, and Tsimshian Tribes and is a tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
Learn more at: kalengoodluck.com/home.
Adam Sings In The Timber’s (Apsáalooke/Crow) main purpose as a photojournalist is documenting Native American life. It is his desire to capture all the diverse nuances of Native Americans and to present them to the non-Native world without apology, as well as to preserve these positive representations for future generations of Indigenous people to come.
Sings In The Timber studied photojournalism at the University of Montana in Missoula and is a graduate of the Freedom Forum's American Indian Journalism Institute. Native American history has been recorded and told by non-Natives for over 500 years. "I'm glad it's there to learn from, to a point, but I think it's time we use our own voices to tell our own stories," he notes.
In addition to freelance and commercial photography, Sings In The Timber is currently working on a photo book documenting the Crow Tribe of Montana to be titled "Apsáalooke Nation." Adam is also a proud stay-at-home-dad!
Learn more at: singsinthetimber.com/portfolio.html.
A visual art installation, on display for the opening night launch party only, was curated by John Feodorov and featured the works of over twenty artists whose works address environmental issues. John was born in Los Angeles of mixed Navajo (Diné) and ambiguous Euro-American heritage. Feodorov grew up in the suburbs of Southern California while making annual visits to his family’s land near Whitehorse, NM. The time he spent with his mother and grandparents on their homestead near the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon continues to inform and impact his work.
John is known as a conceptual artist, a political artist, and a Native American artist, but admits he's still not sure how to define the art he makes. His work includes painting, drawing, assemblage, installation, video, music and songwriting. John is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Fairhaven College and a long time resident of West Seattle.