BRAD KAHLHAMER [solo exhibition] at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, March 22 – July 21, 2013
Brad Kahlhamer’s Bowery Nation installation brings together 100 katsina-like dolls and 22 birds made from a variety of materials. It speaks to the artist’s Native American roots and his time spent with the creative community on New York City’s Lower East Side.
The table-like construction of Bowery Nation resembles the form of powwow parade floats that carry dancers adorned in colorful feathered and beaded regalia. The structure was made from the artist’s studio materials: an old painting table, saw horses, sheets of plywood, a step ladder and wooden benches.
A consistent theme in Kahlhamer’s work is identity. He was born in Tucson of American Indian parentage, adopted into a family of German-American heritage and later raised in Wisconsin. Bowery Nation represents what he calls his ”third place”, the fusion of his personal identities and mythologies.
Thursday, May 23
In the Bowery Nation with Brad Kahlhamer
7-8 p.m. | Gallery L8
Join curators Jan Schall and Gaylord Torrence in conversation with Native American artist Brad Kahlhamer. Discover how 122 handmade, katsina-like dolls and birds riding on a stationary Pow Wow float form a bridge between traditional American Indian culture and the New York contemporary art world.
Image: Exhibition installation view, Brad Kahlhamer, Bowery Nation, July 15, 2012-February 24, 2013, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT.
This exhibition is supported by the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions and the Rheta A. Sosland Fund.
For more information, please visit: Brad Kahlhamer on Nelson-Atkins.org