In celebration of the installation of the painting, Grandmother Gestating Father and the Washita River Runs Ribbon-Like, Karen Kramer, Stuart W. and Elizabeth F. Pratt Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture and Director of the Native American Fellowship Program of the Peabody Essex Museum, traces the art, life, and legacy of painter, poet, musician, and veteran T.C. Cannon (Kiowa/Caddo, 1946–1978).
In the lecture, Kramer explores Cannon's visual language and the key ideas he engaged in over his twenty-year career, including dispossession, war, gender and power, and survivance. Cannon's work also reveals the histories and politics of Native-US relations in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as connections to American art and music of the 1960s–70s and Western art writ large.
This lecture is made possible through the generous support of the Grace Welch Blanton Lecture Fund.
Image: T.C. Cannon (American [Kiowa and Caddo], 1946 - 1978). Grandmother Gestating Father and the Washita River Runs Ribbon-Like. 1975. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Lent by Art Bridges. L2023.2.1