The 28th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will take place on Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) longest-running events, the powwow will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, working artists, hands-on activities and more in a celebration of the vitality of American Indian cultures. Throughout the day, visitors can watch colorful dance competitions, participate with artists in hands-on activities, and enjoy their first (or 101st!) piece of fry bread.
This year, new powwow chair Pat Roy-Trujillo (Ojibwe/Meskwaki) is working with Café Cultura Youth to bring spoken-word performances to the event. Attendees also will have a chance to collaborate on printmaking art projects with Native Arts Artists-in-Residence Gregg Deal and Walt Pourier.
The powwow will take place on Acoma Plaza (between the DAM and Denver Public Library). All powwow activities and general museum admission that day are free. Youth 18 and younger also receive free admission to the special exhibition The Western: An Epic in Art and Film.
Also, the Denver Art Museum continues its exhibit, Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, through Oct. 22. Mi Tierra features site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Dynamic artworks were created by Carmen Argote, Jaime Carrejo, Gabriel Dawe, Claudio Dicochea, Daniela Edburg, Justin Favela, Ana Teresa Fernández, Ramiro Gomez, John Jota Leaños, Dmitri Obergfell, Ruben Ochoa, Daisy Quezada and Xochi Solis. These artists examine diverse narratives of migration and the complex layering of cultures throughout the Western United States through ideas related to labor, nostalgia, memory, visibility and displacement. Their installations incorporate mixed-media, performance-based video art, digital animation, fiber constructions, painting, sculpture and ceramics.
Guided tours of Mi Tierra are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 21. An exhibition catalog is available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online. Included with general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. #MiTierraDAM
Mi Tierra is the DAM’s contribution to the 2017 Biennial of the Americas, occurring in Denver Sept. 12-16. Visit the biennial website (biennialoftheamericas.org) for details on other activities and presentations.
For further information: denverartmuseum.org or call 720-865-5000.
The Denver Art Museum is located at, 100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver, CO.