Sky Hopinka : In Dreams and Autumn - BACA at the McCord Museum

Contemporary Native Art Biennial

From June 2 to 5, 2022


Sky Hopinka : In Dreams and Autumn


As part of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial, discover the exhibition In Dreams and Autumn by artist Sky Hopinka.

Free exhibition presented in J. Armand Bombardier Theatre, from June 2 to June 5, 2022.

In Dreams and Autumn

Transcendent meditations on language, landscape, and myth, the ethnopoetic works of Sky Hopinka explore the traditions of ethnographic filmmaking and reclaim the form as a vehicle for ecstatic personal expression. Through an intricate layering of words and images, Hopinka creates dense, hallucinatory audiovisual collages that reflect his longstanding interest in endangered Indigenous languages (particularly the nearly extinct chinuk wawa) and the cultural memories embedded within them. Through both his filmmaking and his work with the COUSIN Collective, which supports fellow Native filmmakers, Hopinka has emerged as a vital force in bringing the contemporary Indigenous experience to the screen.

In Dreams and Autumn, 2021
Video Artwork by Sky Hopinka
Curator: Michael Patten

Sky Hopinka

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington. In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His video, photo, and text work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture expressed through personal, documentary, and non fiction forms of media. He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and currently teaches at Bard College in Film and Electronic Arts.

His work has been featured in various festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Courtisane Festival, Punto de Vista, and the New York Film Festival. His work was included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, the 2018 FRONT Triennial and Prospect.5. He was a guest curator at the 2019 Whitney Biennial and participated in Cosmopolis #2 at the Centre Pompidou. He has had solo exhibitions at the Great Poor Farm Experiment and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. He is the recipient of numerous awards.

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The Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) is a non profit organization with a mandate to recognize and support contemporary Indigenous art and artists through programmed exhibitions every two years.
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