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Dairy Arts Center

CURRENT EXHIBITION

SING OUR RIVERS RED

Opens to the public May 12, 2021

The SORR exhibit will take place in the McMahon Gallery at the Dairy Arts Center. Please sign up below to visit the exhibit Wednesday - Saturday starting at 2 PM. Limited capacity groups will be given up to 1 hour to visit the galleries to maintain safety and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click the ticket icon to make your reservation today!

Featuring works by Chad Yellowjohn, Nathalie Standingcloud, Mary Jane Oatman, Crystal Dugi, Lakota Sage, Olivia Montoya, and JayCee Beyale, Sarah Ortegon, Danielle SeeWalker, Donna Chrisjohn, Jonathan Nelson, Gregg Deal

Sing Our Rivers Red (#SORR) aims to bring awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence in the United States and Canada.

This exhibition strives to raise consciousness, unite ideas, and demand action for our Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirt relatives who have been taken, tortured, raped, trafficked, assaulted, and murdered. We demand proper attention and justice for our relatives.

The exhibition is centered around over 5,000 single earrings, separated from a pair. Each earring represents a current Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) case in North America. The earrings have been collected from all around Turtle Island and beyond since 2015, many from people that have been directly affected by MMIWG. The idea behind collecting a one-sided pair of earrings is to symbolize how we continue holding onto something we cherish even if part of it is missing. It is about the process of reconciliation with the loss of the other side, or in other words, the loss of a loved one.

The abuse of women is well known in history and tells you a lot about what is hapening to our earth. #MMIP #MMIR #MMIW #MMIWG #MMIWG2S

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tweet

Complementing the earring installation are letters from people that have been affected by this epidemic and works of art from regionally based artists that personally advocate and bring awareness to MMIW.

Ribbon skirts hanging in the center of the gallery honor the many Indigenous women here in Colorado that have been murdered. Ribbon skirts are a historical and traditional clothing adopted in the late 18th century as traders began to offer Native people wool, cotton and ribbons to use for clothing. There are numerous beliefs and reasons as to why Indigenous women wear the ribbon skirt but overall, they tie Native American women to the earth, to ceremonies and to the political unrest of issues including the injustice of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirits. They are considered an expression of history, resilience, and character. These skirts have been handmade by local Denver-based artists and are for sale as well as other pieces throughout the exhibition.

 #MMIP #MMIR #MMIW #MMIWG #MMIWG2S

Sing Our Rivers Red
A Creative Nations Exhibition.
Sing Our Rivers Red
A Creative Nations Exhibition.
Sing Our Rivers Red
A Creative Nations Exhibition.
Sing Our Rivers Red
A Creative Nations Exhibition.
Sing Our Rivers Red
A Creative Nations Exhibition.
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About the Exhibits

Sing Our Rivers Red Earring Exhibit

The Sing Our Rivers Red earring exhibit travels to raise awareness about murdered and missing Indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence in the United States and Canada. Sing Our Rivers Red events aim to bring awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence in the United States and Canada. The events strive to raise consciousness, unite ideas, and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, who have not had the proper attention or justice. SORR also is being planned in solidarity and with a collaborative spirit, meant to support the efforts built in Canada, as well as highlight the need for awareness and action to address colonial gender violence in the United States. The SORR exhibit will take place in the McMahon Gallery at the Dairy Arts Center.

MMIWG+ Art Exhibit

Various works of art promoting MMIWG+ awareness by Native artists of different nations on display at the Dairy Arts Center. Not only do these artists raise awareness for the MMIWG+ issue with their works, but they’re also continually taking action and contributing causes combatting this epidemic firsthand. Featured artists are Chad Yellowjohn, Nathalie Standingcloud, Mary Jane Oatman, Crystal Dugi, Lakota Sage and Olivia Montoya.

Native Fashion Taking Action Exhibit featuring Patricia Michaels

See the works of world-renowned Native American fashion designer and ‘Project Runway’ alum Patricia Michaels who is taking action against the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls epidemic with her works of art and fashion. Displayed in a unique, dynamic exhibit, Patricia’s collection is cutting-edge–not only do the couture pieces showcase Patricia’s creativity and innovation, they were especially created to bring attention to the MMIWG+ epidemic plaguing Native communities. As a survivor and leader in raising awareness and taking action against MMIWG+, Patricia is happy and excited to partake in this first-of-its-kind fashion exhibit. The Native Fashion Taking Action exhibit will take place in the center of the Dairy Arts Center, with a special video promoting the collection playing on the McMahon Gallery.

Mural by Creative Nations' artist JayCee Beyale

Accomplished Diné artist JayCee Beyale will debut a mural exhibition that will be on display at the Dairy Arts Center, which is inspired by the MMIWG Movement. JayCee’s mural will be on display at the Polly Addison Gallery at the Dairy Arts Center.

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MARCH 2020

As of today, 3/12/2020, The Dairy Arts Center remains open and operational. Should scheduling changes occur, ticket holders will be directly notified by The Dairy Arts Center.

If you have a question about an event please contact the presenting arts organization. For films, Dairy Presents and all other questions contact the Box Office at 303.440.7826