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Outlawed Social Life: A Story of Repatriation and Decolonization

Please join us for our next lecture in the ASU-LACMA "Navigating Change in Museums" public lecture series with Candice Hopkins via Zoom. This is the story of the founding of two museums, ones which emerged out of early decolonial efforts and the ability to bring cultural belongings back home. U'mista and Nuyumbalees. Kwak’wala words. Names bestowed on two new cultural centers, one in Alert Bay, British Columbia and another in Cape Mudge, founded to house masks and dance regalia repatriated after the potlatch ban (1885–1951) in Canada. Nuyumbalees means stories from the beginning of the world. U'mista is a term given when something returns to its place of origin. In the past, people who came home after being taken captive during a raid were said to have U'mista. Although not originally used this way, the masks and regalia that have come back to Cape Mudge and Alert Bay now also have U'mista, while the objects at Nuyumbalees can once again tell their stories.  (Zoom pass code 033591)

Candice Hopkins is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her writing and curatorial practice explores the intersections of history, contemporary art and indigeneity. She works as senior curator for the 2019 and 2021 editions of the Toronto Biennial of Art and was part of the curatorial team for the Canadian Pavilion of the 58th Venice Biennale, featuring the work of the media art collective Isuma. She is co-curator of notable exhibitions including Art for New Understanding: Native Voices 1950s to Now; the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada; documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany; Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada and Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years in Winnipeg, MB. Her recent essays and presentations include 'The Gilded Gaze: Wealth and Economies on the Colonial Frontier,' for the documenta 14 Reader, and 'Outlawed Social Life' for South as a State of Mind.

Sponsored by:

  • ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • ASU Art Museum in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • ASU Museum and Heritage Studies program
For more information please contact:
School of Art, ASU Museum and Heritage Studies program