“Active Voice: Contemporary Art, Storytelling, and Advocacy" Panel

Wendy Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Red Star has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad at venues including the Domaine de Kerguéhennec; Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain; Hood Art Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Portland Art Museum; and the St. Louis Art Museum, among others. Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker and community activator based out of Treaty #1 territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the co-creator of the podcast Thunder Bay, which explores crime, racial tension, and government corruption in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory, Toronto, McMahon’s comedic storytelling style is fast-paced, loose, and irreverent as he explores the good, the bad, and the ugly between Indian Country and the mainstream. In 2012, McMahon became the first Native comedian to ever record a full mainstream comedy special with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). McMahon has written for The Globe and Mail newspaper, Vice Media, CBC, CBC Aboriginal, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), among others.

Dr. Jordan Amirkhani is an art historian, critic, and educator. She serves as a professorial lecturer in art history at American University in Washington, D.C. Her research and writing reflect her commitment to intersectional feminist critique and the contextualization of issues of gender, class, and race within the development of European and American art from the 19th century to the present. She is a regular contributor to Artforum, Burnaway, and Daily Serving, among other publications.


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