Big Fun: Indigenous Art & Performance as Resistance
Where: Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
212-534-1672 Price: $12 & up | $10 Museum Members
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Join us for an evening of poetry, music, and art celebrating radical urban Indigenous resistance, resilience, and activism. Big Fun takes its name and shape from the title of a poem by Diane Burns (Anishinaabe/Chemehuevi), published in her 1981 chapbook, Riding the One-Eyed Ford (Contact II Publications). Connecting back and looking forward through the lens of Burns’ life and work as a poet and performer on what is now called The Lower East Side, this interdisciplinary evening will feature a series of performances by members of the Indigenous Kinship Collective as well as by other Indigenous folx who currently occupy and make their lives and work on the homelands of the Lenape, Lenapehoking.
Curated by poet Nicole Wallace, this event accompanies our exhibition, Urban Indian: Native New York Now.
Diane Burns (1957 – 2006) was born in Kansas to a Chemehuevi father and Anishinaabe mother. She grew up in California, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Burns attended Barnard University and was a member of the Lower East Side poetry community in the 1980s. She published only one volume of poems during her life, Riding the One-Eyed Ford (1981).Buy tickets/get more info now