Thomas Isaac (MFA '06) in Video Art Exhibition at Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, Opening August 20

Thomas Isaac (MFA '06) will be showing a video piece in the group exhibition, On The Edge: Emerging Native Video Art. This is part of the Ninth Annual Native Cinema Showcase at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, in association with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts.

Three emerging artists confront issues including racism, spousal abuse, alcoholism and the clash of the modern with the traditional in these works, selected by NMAI associate curator for contemporary arts Kathleen Ash-Milby (Navajo). In Red Man, a woman responds to the taunting verses of a racist song with violence. The song inevitably continues, the white protagonist undeterred (d. Erica Lord (Iñupiag/Athabaskan) and Noelle Mason, U.S., 2005, 4min). In the animated video The Earliest Bruise feelings of helplessness and fear are encapsulated in the memory of a young boy who has witnessed his father’s drunken abuse of his mother (d. Thomas Isaac (Navajo), U.S., 2004, 2min). Tsu Héidei Shugaxtutaan I and II (d. Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit), U.S., 2006, 9min) mixes a Tlingit Raven dance and contemporary “robot” dance to create a commentary on the intersections of the modern world and Tlingit cultural expression. The title translates “we will again open this container of wisdom that has been left in our care.”

Opening Reception: August 20, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Showcase Dates: August 20 - 23, 2009

Center for Contemporary Arts
Moving Image Lab
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
For more information on the showcase, visit www.ccasantafe.org/NCS_2009.html
For more information on CCA, visit www.ccasantafe.org
Gallery Hours: 12:00 - 8:00 daily

To see more of Thomas's work, visit www.isaaccaasi.com

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