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Kay WalkingStick and Jeff Chang: A Conversation
Artist Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee) and Jeff Chang, author of "Who We Be: The Colorization of America" and executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, engage in a lively dialogue about contemporary American art and culture. WalkingStick’s renowned work is the subject of a major retrospective, "Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist," on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., through September 18, 2016. For more information on the exhibit, see (accessed May 8, 2020). Jeff Chang, executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. His first book, "Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation," won the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. His publications include "Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop," which he edited, and "Who We Be: The Colorization of America." He is currently at work on two other book projects: "Youth" and a biography of Bruce Lee. Chang has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World”. With H. Samy Alim, he was the 2014 winner of the St. Clair Drake Teaching Award at Stanford University. He co-founded CultureStr/ke and ColorLines. He has written for The Nation, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Foreign Policy, N+1, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, Buzzfeed, and Medium, among many others. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, he is a graduate of ‘Iolani School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California at Los Angeles. Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee) is an acclaimed artist best known for painting. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1959 and completed her Master of Fine Arts in 1975 at Pratt Institute, supported by a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellowship for Women. Her first solo exhibition in New York City was in 1969, followed by participation in numerous exhibitions in the New York area during the 1970s, including the Bertha Urdang Gallery in 1978. She has since exhibited her work in more than 30 groundbreaking solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including "The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s" (1990), and "Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations at the National Gallery of Canada" (1992). She was the first Native American artist to appear in H.W. Janson’s "History of Art" (fifth edition, 1995). WalkingStick’s work is represented in the collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has received many awards, including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art (2003). She is a faculty emerita at Cornell University where she was a professor in the Department of Art, retiring in 2005. This discussion was webcast and recorded in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on February 6, 2016.
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