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Opening reception: "Sydney Pursel, Ryan Red Corn”

  • George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri Fine Arts Building, Room A125, 505 Hitt Street Columbia, MO 65211 (map)
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George Caleb Bingham Gallery at University of Missouri presents “Invaluable,” Sydney Pursel, Ryan Red Corn on view August 26-September 19, 2019.
George Caleb Binhgam Gallery is pleased to host a two-person show by artists Sydney Pursel & Ryan Red Corn. Both artists' works tackle Native American representation using a variety of media including photography, costume, and performance.
Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in socially engaged, activist, performance, video & new media arts. Through art she explores personal identity drawing from her Indigenous and Irish Catholic roots. Some of Sydney's projects are used to educate others about food politics, language loss, appropriation, and history in addition to projects in her own community that focus on language acquisition, culture and art. Her work has been exhibited parks, universities, galleries and alternative spaces throughout the U.S. and Canada. Pursel is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska. Sydney received her MFA in Expanded Media at the University of Kansas and her BFA in Painting from the University of Missouri.
A member of the Osage tribe, Ryan Red Corn has carved out a unique career through his work as an artist. After earning a graphic design degree from the University of Kansas (2003), he started a T-shirt business called “Demockratees.” T-shirts included Native-themed messages, inside jokes and pointed political barbs.
From that start, he branched out to establish Buffalo Nickel Creative, which provides marketing, social media strategies, video, photography, graphic design and mobile/web development. From its Pawhuska headquarters, the firm has carved a niche for itself by helping Native American businesses and organizations tell their stories, and along the way the company has produced work for international clients as Nike, FedEx, IBM, Facebook and eBay.
The firm’s work – along with his own graphic design, filmmaking and photography – seeks to reclaim Native American images. One of his notable series included portraits of smiling Native people, photographed with intent of running counter to the idea of Native American as “noble savage.” 

Red Corn also works with a collective of Native American artists as part of a comedy improve group known as the 1491s, which refers to the year before Columbus came to the Americas. The 1491s, which includes Oklahoma filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, uses satire to call attention to Native issues.
This exhibit co-sponsored by MU Undergraduate Studies & MU’s Native American Heritage Month.
Free reception & artist’s gallery talk Thursday, September 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
This exhibit is free & open to the public M-Th 8 a.m.-5 p.m., F 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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