Mar 29 2024

Book Launch and Conversation | A Worm’s Eye View from a Bird’s Beak with Raven Chacon and Anthony Huberman

Friday | 7PM

Please join us for the launch of A Worm’s Eye View from a Bird’s Beak, Raven Chacon’s first monograph, published by Swiss Institute, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Sternberg Press on the occasion of his first major institutional solo exhibition.

To commemorate the launch, Chacon will be joined in conversation by the curator Anthony Huberman, one of the contributors to the publication. The book also includes newly commissioned contributions by Lou Cornum, Aruna D’Souza, Candice Hopkins, Marja Bål Nango, Smávot Ingir, Patrick Nickleson and Dylan Robinson, Eric-Paul Riege, Ánde Somby, and Sigbjørn Skåden, with an introductory text by editors (with Alison Coplan) Katya García-Antón and Stefanie Hessler. Through these notable and diverse contributions, the monograph gives readers an insight into how Chacon works through sound, video, scores, performance and sculpture to address urgent matters of Indigenous sovereignty and environmental justice.

Raven Chacon: A Worm’s Eye View from a Bird’s Beak
Edited by Alison Coplan, Stefanie Hessler, Katya García-Antón
Design by Stoodio Santiago da Silva
20.5 x 25.5 cm, 220 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-1-915609-38-0
Published by Swiss Institute, Nordnorsk Kunstsmuseum and Sternberg Press

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Raven Chacon was born at Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation in 1977. Since 1999 he has toured the United States with various solo and group projects, composed chamber works, and developed a curriculum for the Native American Composer Apprentice Project, an education initiative to mentor young composers on the Navajo, Hopi and Salt River Pima reservations. As a solo artist, Chacon has exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2020); the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2020); and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2022); amongst many others. He has performed or had works performed at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (2013); Borealis Festival, Bergen, Norway (2021); Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK (2022); the Perelman Performing Arts Center, New York (2023); Holland Festival, Amsterdam, NL (2023); and Ostrava Festival, Ostrava, CZ (2023); in addition to hundreds of concerts over the past 25 years. In 2022, Chacon received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his composition Voiceless Mass, and in 2023 he was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship.
Anthony Huberman (b. 1975, Switzerland) is a curator and writer based in New York. He currently is the Artistic Director of Giorno Poetry Systems (GPS), a nonprofit organization that supports artists, poets, and musicians. Previously, he was Director and Chief Curator of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, Founding Director of The Artist’s Institute in New York, Curator at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Curator of SculptureCenter in New York, and Director of Public Programs at MoMA PS1 in New York. He has also curated exhibitions at Raven Row in London, Kunst Werke in Berlin, ICA in London, and Secession in Vienna, and co-curated the 2014 Liverpool Biennial. Huberman is a visiting professor at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

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