de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California

October 2 - December 5, 2010

Like the state of California itself, California native peoples are remarkably diverse with more than 300 languages and distinct geographical centers shaping communities, traditions, ideologies, and ceremonies. Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California brings together California Native artists and poets in an extraordinary multimedia exhibition. Based on the publication by Heyday Books, The Dirt is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California, this exhibition shares the lives, stories, songs, and dances of the artists. Organized in four thematic sections, Sing Me Your Story illustrates how culture, history, ancestry, and story have shaped each of us, regardless of our heritage.

Some of the artists featured in this exhibition include Judith Lowry, Frank LaPena, Rick Bartow, Lyn Risling, Dugan Aguilar, Brian Tripp, and Jean LaMarr. Poets include Janice Gould, Deborah Miranda, Stephen Meadows, and others. The contemporary works of these Native California artists, inspired by a mix of past and present, honor their cultural heritage and bring forward a truly indigenous California existence.

The Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California exhibition tour is organized by the California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA). The exhibition was developed in concert with Heyday Books and is made possible by generous grants from The James Irvine Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Columbia Foundation, LEF Foundation, the Fleishhacker Foundation, and The Clorox Company Foundation. CERA is a network of professionally operated museums and cultural organizations that collaborate to create and tour smaller, affordable, high quality exhibitions that enhance civic engagement and human understanding. Professional training in conjunction with Sing Me Your Story is supported by The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Images: James Luna, Apparitions 1, 2007, mixed media photograph and light box, 24 x 30 inches.