November 4, 2023
1st Floor, Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian
Artist Raven Chacon (Diné) is joined by Joy Harjo, Candice Hopkins, Ange Loft, Laura Ortman, and Olivia Shortt to present selections from his work For Zitkála-Šá (2020). A Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Chacon dedicated this portfolio of scores to contemporary Native American and First Nations women to celebrate their contributions to music. Following this piece, a local ensemble will perform ...lahgo adil’i dine doo yeehosinilgii yidaaghi (2004), which is held in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian. This program marks the first time each of these compositions will be performed before a live audience in Washington, DC. Concluding the event is a conversation with the five For Zitkála-Šá performers, moderated by Chacon. A selection of works from this portfolio of thirteen lithographs is currently on view in SAAM’s Musical Thinking: New Video Art and Sonic Strategies.
This program is co-presented by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with funding support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.