BREAKOUT ELECTRONIC POWWOW GROUP
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 | 6-9 PM
SALEM, MASS. -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) continues its monthly after-hours party series with PEM/PM: Activate on Thursday, February 18, from 6 to 9 pm.
Celebrate PEM’s exhibition Native Fashion Now through many vehicles of creative expression, from fashion to music, art making and more. The global sensation A Tribe Called Red headlines the party with its electronic powwow and Native-inspired mash-ups. The Canadian band was named 2014 breakthrough artist of the year at the Canadian Juno awards. It has performed in clubs from Paris to Berlin and has become a cultural touchstone for Native communities with its drumbeats, chants and full-throated singing.
The Guardian recently wrote of the group, “For critics, they represent an emerging aesthetic that explores the tensions between city life and ‘rez life,’ between pop and traditional native culture – a dual identity shaped by a decades-long migration from reservations and Canadian reserves to urban centers in a pattern that mirrors that of the Great Migration. Ethnomusicologists see Tribe’s approach to sampling native music as a form of repatriation, a challenge to western concepts of copyright.”
Explore cutting-edge Native street style with PEM staff strolling the runway in the latest Native designs. Try your hand at Native art making by creating your own perler bead coaster or screen print with Native artist Jared Yazzie.
See why PEM’s Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture Curator Karen Kramer says that we are, “smack dab in the middle of a Native fashion renaissance.” Reflect on the well-known designers that infuse Native culture and contemporary fashion during an exhibition highlights tour.
FREE FOR MEMBERS AND SALEM RESIDENTS | $10 NONMEMBERS
CASH BAR | SMALL PLATES MENU FROM THE HAWTHORNE HOTEL
Art Making | 6-9 pm | Studio 1, Create Space
Create your own coaster with perler beads and chevron patterns, inspired by The Soft Museum.
Native Fashion Then | 6-7:30 pm | Atrium
Curious to know how Native fashion has evolved over the years? Staff from the Phillips Library share photographs and patterns from the PEM collection.
Highlights Tour | 6:45 and 7:15 pm | Native Fashion Now Exhibition, Level 3
Get an in-depth look at some of the favorites in the show from Assistant Curator Shoshanna Resnikoff.
Native Streetwear Fashion Show | 7-7:30 pm | Atrium
Check out and admire the latest designs in streetwear by Native artist Jared Yazzie.
Screen Printing Demo | 7-8 pm | Studio 2, Create Space
Join Native Fashion Now artist Jared Yazzie to make your own print of his custom artwork.
Live Music | 7:45-9 pm | Atrium
Immerse yourself in the electronic beats and mashups of Native music by Producer/DJ Crew
A Tribe Called Red
PHOTO CAPTION AND CREDIT
Ottawa-based A Tribe Called Red performing live. © Falling Tree Photography.
ABOUT NATIVE FASHION NOW
From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, this exhibition celebrates the visual range, creative expression and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 100 works spanning the last 60 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native style-makers to today's maverick designers making their mark in today's world of fashion. Also examined is how non-Native designers adopt and translate traditional Native American design motifs in their own work, including Isaac Mizrahi's now iconic Totem Pole dress.
Featuring contemporary garments, accessories and footwear spanning a variety of genres and materials, these designers traverse cross-cultural boundaries between creative expressions and cultural borrowing. From one of Patricia Michaels' (Taos Pueblo) recent ensembles from the reality television series Project Runway to Jamie Okuma's (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock) dramatically beaded Christian Louboutin boots and innovative works made from mylar, vinyl and stainless steel, Native Fashion Now underscores Native concepts of dress and beauty, which are inextricably bound to identity and tradition in a rapidly changing world.
The Coby Foundation Ltd., Ellen and Steve Hoffman and Mimi and Jim Krebs generously supported Native Fashion Now. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation and the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support.