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Special Lecture | John P. Lukavic, DAM Curator of Native Arts

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

5:15 PM cash bar | 5:45 PM program

Trustmark Grand Hall

Please join our special guest, Dr. John Lukavic, curator of Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer, as he explores the development of Gibson's visual vocabulary and various themes found within his work. From a point of frustration, to finding a voice, to speaking with authority, the artist’s work addresses feelings of invisibility, intersectionality, gender, race, ancestral knowledge, and futurism. This talk will help draw attention to some of the nuances in the exhibition, and the audience will have the chance to hear some background stories of the exhibition development and individual works in the show.

JOHN P. LUKAVIC, Ph.D. is Curator of Native Arts and interim department head at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) where he conducts and presents scholarly research, develops exhibitions, collects Native arts, disseminates knowledge of DAM’s American Indian, African, and Oceanic collections, and is also responsible for its collaboration with Native American communities and the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). His specialty is contemporary art by American Indian artists as well as historical American Indian arts from the Plains region. Before joining the Museum in 2012, he received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma where he conducted his doctoral fieldwork with Southern Cheyenne moccasin makers and religious leaders in Oklahoma. Prior to this, Dr. Lukavic earned an MA in Museum Science from Texas Tech University (2001) and a BA in anthropology (1999) also from the University of Oklahoma. During his time at DAM, Lukavic organized such exhibitions as Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer (2018), Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980 (2015), Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz (2015), and the group exhibitions, Sovereign: Independent Voices (2013) and Strong Statements (2015). He was lead curator for Stampede: Animals in Art (2017), and he co-curated Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead (2018), Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion (2016) and Georgia O’Keeffe In New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land (2013), among others. Dr. Lukavic has presented academic and public lectures internationally and across the U.S., and has published extensively on topics ranging from individual artists like T.C. Cannon, Jeffrey Gibson, and Fritz Scholder to historical Native arts.

This event is free and open to the public.