In the category of things you should know and be excited about, I place First American Art - an upcoming magazine dedicated to indigenous art of the Americas. Covering a hemispheric scope, the magazine will surely uncover an immense diversity of ideas and art across all media and hundreds of cultures.
The publication is operated by two excellent artists, America Meredith (Cherokee) and Natasha Wagner (Chickasaw) whose own art practices challenge mainstream representations and attitudes of “indigenous art” from all sides and perspectives, through beautiful (sometimes alternatively or perversely so) images. In their own words:
“First American Art (FAA) magazine promotes and critically analyzes the arts of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. FAA will achieve this by articulating and popularizing Indigenous critical theory in ways accessible to native communities as well as the non-Native art world. We are the bridge between academia and the general public. We provide a platform for established and emerging Native artists in all media. FAA discusses the human condition through the lens of Indigenous art.”
The first issue of FAA is expected to be released in March. To learn more about the magazine visit their website where you can also find notices for exhibitions, resources and opportunities across North America (and subscribe!). Take a trip to their blog as well where you can now read two articles on the young, multidisciplinary Greenlandic artist Maria Paninguak Kjærulff and Taos Pueblo fashion designer Patricia Michaels.
Coming off of decades (centuries) of an indigenous art discourse driven by Western minds and interests, it is certainly a much-needed and long-time-coming resource.
First Image: America Meredith, Gohiyuhi (Respect)
Second Image: America Meredith, Medicine II