Join the Heard Museum for First Friday featuring new exhibitions, live Indigenous artist performances, and a special installation of Steven Paul Judd’s, Change.
Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art – Grand Gallery
Toward the Morning Sun: Navajo Pictorial Textiles from the Jean-Paul and Rebecca Valette Collection – Jacobson Gallery/Loggia
CHANGE: Steven Paul Judd – Lyon/Crossroads Gallery
INDIGENOUS ARTIST PERFORMANCES:
DJ Rey Cantil (Taíno)
The Heard Museum is collaborating with filmmaker, writer and producer Donick Cary on his forthcoming documentary, Hail to the Breadsticks. The documentary centers around Cary and his son Otis’s cross-country journey in acknowledging and working to undo the racism of their favorite sports team, the Washington Football Club.
As part of the documentary film, Cary invited artist Steven Paul Judd to create work from the various items of Washington Football ephemera and merchandise he had collected over the years. The resulting work, titled Change, will be gifted to the Heard Museum as part of its permanent collection.
The work will be installed in the Dennis Lyon Family Crossroads Gallery as a limited-time, special installation, opening in tandem with the public celebration for the opening of Remembering the Future and Toward the Morning Sun at the museum’s First Friday event in November. As part of this First Friday, the film crew from the documentary will be on-site to film the installation of the artwork, the opening, and remarks for inclusion in the film.
Writer producer Donick Cary (David Letterman Show, The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation, and Have a Good Trip) has been a huge fan of the Washington D.C. pro football team since before he could walk. Passed down from his father, he was excited to pass the tradition onto his son.
Donick never questioned whether the name, the Washington Football Club, was good or bad until two years ago when his 9-year-old son, Otis, asked him if it was racist. Donick and Otis didn’t exactly have a rolodex of Indigenous friends to talk to about it. In the documentary, Donick and his son venture out on a cross-country journey to find out—not just how Indigenous people feel about the name of a pro football team—but what it means to be Indigenous in the so-called United States today.
This timely feature-length documentary’s journey starts simply but takes some unexpected turns and runs smack into our current cultural moment of national racial reckoning. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but never shying away from confronting the uncomfortable, Donick and Otis dig into some big questions: Who is Indigenous today? Can something be racist if it isn’t meant to be? How is racism passed on from generation to generation? How can there really be 570+ federally recognized sovereign nations within the United States that are barely talked about in the media? The answers may surprise you.
• Deb Haaland, one of the first two Native American women ever to be elected to U.S. Congress, opposes the R%!#skins name
• Peter MacDonald, four-term Chairman of Navajo Tribe and World War II “Code Talker” who stood next to Donald Trump in 2017 when the President performed his Pocahontas “jokes”
• Ben Shelly, former President of The Navajo Nation who enjoyed a Redskins game from team owner Dan Snyder’s suite
• Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles Councilman who helped change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day
• Saginaw Grant, Hereditary Chief of the Sac and Fox Nation
• Tommy Orange, best-selling author, There There
• Paul Chaat Smith, associate curator of the National Museum of the American Indian
• Amanda Blackhorse, activist who was the lead plaintiff in the effort to have the R%!%skins trademark revoked
• Lee Francis, Indigenous Comic Con creator
• Redbone, Rock Band (“Come and Get Your Love”)
• Gregg Deal, artist and Shepard Fairey collaborator
• Natone Means, son of Russell Means, activist/rapper
• Sage Trudell, daughter of activist/singer John Trudell
• Redcloud, Rapper
• Kimberly Guerrero, actress (Seinfeld, Longmire)
• Allie Young, writer and actress (walked off the set of Ridiculous Six)
• Simon Moya-Smith, CNN contributor and Indian Country Today writer
• Tim Gaigo, editor of the Native Sun News and founder of the Lakota Times at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
• Steven Paul Judd, artist
Hail to the Breadsticks! is scheduled to premiere in the Spring of 2022. For more information please visit: www.hailtothebreadsticks.com
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