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KEYNOTE: Cannupa Hanska Luger
Thursday, May 21 | 9:30 am | Liberty Ballrooms C&D (Ballroom Level)
The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is pleased to welcome Cannupa Hanska Luger to the main stage as Keynote Speaker for its 49th Annual SNAG Conference. Luger’s talk will open the conference and set the tone for three days of programming and events that give attendees the opportunity to engage in conversation about critical issues in the fields of metalsmithing and jewelry. The conference will celebrate the diversity of SNAG’s members, motivations and materials in our field, and investigate the challenges we sometimes face to bring everyone together to tackle the next fifty years as a unified whole.
Social Engineer: The Artist as Bridge Builder
If we can subvert the idea that art is an object, a noun, then we can reinstate the truth that art is a verb, an action. In developing processes that include society as a medium the act of making builds communities that are embedded in the object of these processes. It connects people that may not engage with one another to create work together. Thus the role of artist is bridge builder.
Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multi-disciplinary artist of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota descent. Using social collaboration and in response to timely and site-specific issues, Luger produces multi-pronged projects provoking diverse publics to engage with Indigenous peoples and values apart from the lens of colonial social structuring. Luger is a 2019 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Honoree and the recipient of the 2018 Museum of Arts and Design’s inaugural Burke Prize. He exhibits, lectures and participates in projects globally.