OSU will launch “This IS Kalapuyan Land,” an outdoor exhibition and series of artist talks, based on an exhibition project that began at the Five Oaks Museum, 17677 NW Springville Road, Portland.
This IS Kalapuyan Land opened in 2019 as a physical exhibition at Five Oaks, curated by Steph Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya). Fogel annotated panels from the museum’s prior exhibit on Kalapuyan peoples, curated contemporary Native artwork into the exhibition, and added historical content from David G. Lewis, Ph.D., OSU instructor in the School of Language, Culture and Society (Chinook, Santiam, Takelma, Grande Ronde). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new content was later adapted for an online exhibition. The exhibition prompts critical thinking around representation of Indigenous history and identity in non-Indigenous institutions.
Early last year, Five Oaks expanded the project, adding a series of signs, based on images in the This IS Kalapuyan Land exhibit, that could be placed as mini popup exhibitions in a variety of outdoor locations around the Portland Metro area.
Late last year an advisory committee comprised of OSU faculty began working to bring the exhibit to OSU and Corvallis, with some additional signs that would be unique to this area. Working on the committee were Julia Bradshaw, associate professor of art and art history; Lewis, instructor of anthropology and ethnic studies; Luhui Whitebear, instructor of anthropology and ethnic studies and coordinator of the Eenas Haws Native Longhouse; Marion Rossi, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and acting director of the School of Arts and Communications; Chet Udell, assistant professor of biological and ecological engineering; and Fitzgerald Stephen, professor and extension specialist, director of the College of Forestry Research Forests. They planned an exhibition with a minimum of seven copies each of the 10 original signs and three additional signs created by OSU student Chanti Maῆon. The signs will be displayed throughout the main campus and in OSU research forests beginning in mid-May.
The series opens with a talk on the original art exhibit that was hosted by Five Oaks Museum, and its impact on reshaping the museum. View it live on the Eena Haws Facebook page or register at https://beav.es/3SV. Guest speakers will be Steph Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) and Molly Alloy and Nathanael Andreini, co-executive directors of Five Oaks Museum, who will speak about the “This is Kalapuyan Land” exhibition and re-shaping the museum.
Tuesday, May 11 at 10:00amVirtual Event