At the Center of the World
Born of Cherokee descent, in 1940s Arkansas, Jimmie Durham takes up such issues as the politics of representation, histories of genocide, and citizenship and exile. This volume collects an array of Durham’s sculptures, drawings, photography, video, and performance. It includes essays about Durham’s material choices and their metaphoric potential; his participation in the NYC art scene in the 1980s; his use of language; and his ties to Mexico after living in Cuernavaca. An interview with Durham traces his involvement with the American Indian Movement and his self-exile from the US, which along with his essays and poetry, illuminate his life and work. This book provides an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Durham, arguably one of the most important artists working today.
ANNE ELLEGOOD is Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum. JENNIFER A. GONZÁLEZ is Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, UC, Santa Cruz. JESSICA L. HORTON is Assistant Professor of Native American, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the University of Delaware. FRED MOTEN is Professor of English at UC, Riverside. PAUL CHAAT SMITH is Associate Curator at the National Museum of the American Indian. MACKENZIE STEVENS is Curatorial Assistant at the Hammer Museum. ELISABETH SUSSMAN is Curator at the Whitney Museum. JESSICA BERLANGA TAYLOR is an art critic and curator.