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Artist Talk With Edgar Heap Of Birds

  • EFA Project Space 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10018 USA (map)

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne/Arapaho) will speak about his set of prints in the exhibition, "Dead Indian Stories," which are a response to the conditions of life for Indigenous peoples in the United States. The artist will discuss some of the many issues that Native people face today—including poverty, deficient educational opportunities, high rates of suicide, and lack of political representation—and how his artwork pays homage to the ongoing perseverance of Native nations.

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Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap Of Birds is an artist and an advocate for Indigenous communities worldwide. His work includes multidisciplinary forms of public art messages, large-scale drawings, Neuf Series acrylic paintings, prints, works in glass, and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture. While representing Indigenous communities, his art focuses first on social justice and on the personal freedom to live within the tribal circle as an expressive individual. Heap of Birds’ work was shown in the 2007 Venice Biennale and has been exhibited at some of the most renowned institutions in the world. In 2012, he was named a USA Ford Fellow and in 2014 was honored as a Distinguished Alumni from the University of Kansas. Now retired from teaching at the University of Oklahoma after 30 years of service, he continues to serve there as professor emeritus.