Native Feminism and Solidarity Building, Curated by Maria Hupfield on International Womens' Day
an evening of performance art featuring my approach to object, craft, Native Feminism, solidarity building, and collaboration in performance art for International Woman's day.
Curated by MARIA HUPFIELD
Based in Brooklyn, New York I am a citizen of the Anishinaabek Nation from Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada.
Together with my husband artist Jason Lujan, we co-own Native Art Department International based out of China Town New York, a project focused on presenting artwork by artists with demonstrated ongoing commitment to Native American communities alongside international artists. I also sing with Nishnaabekwewag Negamonid a three-member Anishinaabe women’s hand drumming group based in Brooklyn, committed to language and cultural revitalization, using song to disrupt colonial spaces and speak to prior, persisting Indigenous presences. The group was born as part of an Anti-Columbus Day action in the American Museum of Natural History in 2016.
Like my late mother and settler accomplice father I am an advocate of Anishinaabek Womanism, Indigenous Feminisms, Accomplice building and Activism.
“Maria Hupfield is a maker, a mover, a connector, an Anishinaabe-kwe and a member of Wasauksing First Nation. Like the artist herself, Hupfield’s work is never static. Her performances, sculptures and installations reference different spans and scales of times. The projects specifically reflect her resistance to the Western tendency to essentialize Native artists and treat them as interchangeable producers of exotic cultural experiences. She values expansive exchange over isolation, and inclusion over hierarchy.” – Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Art in America, October 2017
About Grace Exhibition Space
Grace, n. - simple elegance or refinement of movement
Grace Period - an extended period granted as a special favor
The Three Graces (Greek Mythology) - charm, grace, and beauty
Opened in 2006, Grace Exhibition Space is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging works by the current generation of international performance artists whether emerging, mid career or established. Being a Brooklyn loft, our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. This is how performance art is meant to be experienced and our mission is the glorification of performance art.
Grace Exhibition Space presents over 30 curated live performance art exhibitions each year, showcasing new work by more than 400 performance artists from across the United States and the world since 2006. Grace Space received fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas in 2007.
Since opening, Grace Space has had the opportunity to present three pivotal members of the internationally famous group Black Market International: Boris Nieslony, Roi Vaara and Lee Wen; Mexican artist and curator Martin Renteria and the 3rd World Pirate Marcel Da Champ. We have hosted the local, internationally renowned artists Peter Dobill, Marni Kotak, Nugent Smith, Rafael Sanchez and Rob Andrews- as well as the internationally renowned Boston artists Mari Novotny-Jones, Jeff Huckleberry, Sandy Huckleberry, Alice Vogler, Vela Phelan, Sandrine Scheaffer and Marilyn Arsem (Ms. Arsem was presented through esteemed curator Jonas Stampe's Live Art Festival).
Directors: Jill McDermid-Hokanson & Erik Hokanson
Curators: Jill McDermid-Honason, Daniella Lagaccia, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
Social Media: Miles Pflanz
Grant Writer: Valerie Sharp
Door: Daniella Lagaccia + Valerie Sharp (precviously, Leah Butterfield)
Chief Coordinator: Jennifer Maharry
Voting Board Members: Quinn Dukes, Ryan Maloney, Eric Lagaccia, Erik Hokanson, Jill McDermid-Hokanson
Advisory Board: Daniella Lagaccia, Jodie Lynkeechow, Esther Neff, Geraldo Mercado, Myk Henry
Grace Exhibition Space for International Performance Art is a Federally recognized 501(c)3
ROSEKILL OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE SPACE - Rosendale, NY.
Putting Performance Art firmly in Nature on a 60-acre estate. During the summer months, we host and present to the public: Performance Artists, Musicians, Dancers, Scientists and Story-Tellers.
ART/LIFE INSTITUTE RESIDENCY - Kingston NY
Formerly the Archive-Studio-Performance Space of the internationally renowned Performance Artist Linda Mary Montano, our residency continues the work of Ms. Montano by allowing a deeper exploration of Life as Art, allowing the artists' a place to live, interact with the community and continue their research.
Please join us at all of our locations for the challenges of thought-provoking works in different atmospheres.