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In connection with Boundless, guest curator Heid E. Erdrich and contributing artist and writer Kohar Avakian will speak from 5:30-7 in Stirn Auditorium, immediately adjacent to the Mead Art Museum. 

The Boundless project launched in August 2023, rooted in the celebration of the abundant texts and artwork produced by Indigenous writers and artists stretching from the 18th century through the present, welling from the Northeast and rippling around the globe. Following a Fall exhibition, a second, updated installation is on view at the Mead through July 7, 2024. A publication combining the exhibition catalog and collected writings is forthcoming through Amherst College Press, and a digital curriculum and teaching resources designed for elementary education will also be released soon.

Kohar Avakian is a Nipmuc, Black, and Armenian multimedia artist, visual storyteller, and scholar from Worcester, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in History (modified with Native American Studies) from Dartmouth College and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale. As a descendant of genocide survivors still awaiting reparations, she uses oral history and visual art as an outlet to explore the intersection of race, recognition, reparations, kinship, and ancestral presence. Her artwork is featured in the second part of the Boundless exhibition, and she contributed writing to the forthcoming publication.

Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe) is author of Little Big Bully and many books of poetry and prose. She is an interdisciplinary artist who has curated dozens of Native arts exhibitions. Erdrich is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa who lives in Minnesota. Erdrich served as guest curator at the Mead Art Museum from 2020 to 2024  as she worked on Boundless


Image credit: Kohar Avakian. U.S. Deaths Near an Incalculable Loss, 2022. Digital collage [Portraits in the collage: Diné student Tom Torlino in 1882 (left) and in 1885 (right) taken at Carlisle Industrial School].  Courtesy of artist.


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