Angel De Cora (Hinųk Max̄iwi-Kerenąka, “She Returns to the Sky,” Winnebago/Ho-Chunk; 1871-1919) was an influential artist and illustrator, designer and teacher, and the first Native American graduate of
Angel De Cora (Hinųk Max̄iwi-Kerenąka, “She Returns to the Sky,” Winnebago/Ho-Chunk; 1871-1919) was an influential artist and illustrator, designer and teacher, and the first Native American graduate of Smith College (class of 1896). Curator and scholar Yvonne Tiger (Smith ’03) will introduce De Cora’s work and her powerful but nearly-forgotten legacy as an educator of Native American youth, a respected artist and illustrator who worked with the finest Native American authors and intellectuals of her day, and an innovative graphic designer and book artist whose work resonates in today’s visual world.
This FREE multi-media presentation will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. Images of Angel de Cora’s work will be on view in the Parish Hall through December 2nd.
This event is FREE but please RSVP.
About the Presenter:
Yvonne Tiger (Cherokee, Seminole, Muscogee (Creek) Nations of Oklahoma) is a scholar, curator, and art critic, and member of a prominent Native American artistic family. Her research focuses on Native American art, museums and cultural representation, Indigenous graphic novels, and on the work of Angel De Cora, about whom she has spoken widely, including at the School of American Research, Santa Fe NM. She has a BA from Smith College (’03) where she wrote her honors thesis on De Cora, holds two master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma, in history and art history, and is currently a doctoral student in the Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program, University of Lethbridge, Ontario, and a 2021-22 Native American Curatorial Fellow at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA. She is a contributing writer to First American Art magazine, has been a Senior Program Manager/Research Associate for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and has taught Native American Studies at Montana State University-Northern, Havre MT. She will be a scholar in residence for the week at the 5 Colleges giving presentations, visiting classes, and contributing to curricular initiatives incorporating De Cora’s work and legacy.
About Angel de Cora:
Angel De Cora (Hinųk Max̄iwi-Kerenąka, “She Returns to the Sky,” Winnebago/Ho-Chunk; 1871-1919) was an influential artist and illustrator, designer and teacher, and the first Native American graduate of Smith College (class of 1896). De Cora studied with some of the finest artists of the day, Tonalist painter Dwight William Tryon at Smith and famous illustrator Howard Pyle at Drexel. Beginning her career as an illustrator with the most prestigious magazine of the day, she wrote and illustrated two stories for Harper’s. She illustrated books for a series of influential and successful authors, including Francis La Flesche (Omaha), the first professional Native American ethnologist; Zitkala-Ša (Gertrude Bunnin; Yankton Dakota), influential writer and activist, co-founder of the National Council of American Indians; and Elaine Goodale Eastman, collaborator with her husband, Charles Eastman (Santee Dakota) in his work as historian and activist. De Cora was also an influential teacher of the arts to Native American students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and is now being recognized as a highly influential book and type designer who was key in bringing Native American imagery into the graphic arts in respectful and resonant ways. Her most influential work, Natalie Curtis’s The Indians’ Book, is a masterpiece of design, typography, and illustration, recently recognized for its importance in works on book design (for example in Richard Minsky’s Trade Bindings with Native American Themes, 1875-1933) and by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).
We are committed to keeping everyone safe and feeling comfortable. We will be following the latest local, state, and CDC guidelines. All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative covid test result within 72 hours of the talk and wear a face covering for the duration of the event. Please review our current covid policies before you arrive.
You may also enjoy these additional events which are part of the 150th anniversary celebration of De Cora's birth.
Honoring the Life and Art of Angel De Cora:
A Panel Discussion at Historic Northampton
Angel De Cora, Illustrator and Graphic Designer (1871-1919)
An Exhibition at Forbes Library
Curated by Donna Calacone
October 5 - 31, 2021
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Florence Congregational Church
130 Pine St.
Laudable Productions presents Underground System. Hot off a talked-about set at Green River Festival this summer, the female-fronted post-afrobeat electro-disco ensemble is back in the Pioneer Valley for
Laudable Productions presents Underground System. Hot off a talked-about set at Green River Festival this summer, the female-fronted post-afrobeat electro-disco ensemble is back in the Pioneer Valley for an intimate club-style performance. Led by the frequently outrageous Domenica Fossati, an Italian-American hailing from Miami via Venezuela, this seven-piece Brooklyn band is equally eclectic and hard to define: no wave, Italo disco, baile funk, house, and multiculti retro-futurism all influence their sound, converging in a kind of global dance band that gets everybody on their feet. The band’s current configuration features former members of Antibalas, LCD Soundsystem, David Byrne’s American Utopia, Hot Chip, Holy Ghost!, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Brazilian Girls, and !!! !!! !!! (Chk Chk Chk).
Fossati’s stage presence is singular: reminiscent of Fela Kuti’s intensity, David Byrne’s weirdness, it’s brimming with charisma and spontaneity. Following Valley performances at Barbès in the Woods, Millpond.Live, and the Collider! Music Series Underground System has established a devout local following. The band is roaring into 2022 with fistfuls of new material and inspirations.
Doors at 7pm, Music starts at 8pm.
Find tickets here.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gateway City Arts
92 Race St.