Photo: Nicholas Galanin, detail of I Think It Goes Like This (Gold), 2019, wood, paint, gold leaf, variable dimensions, Art Bridges Collection, photo courtesy of Art Bridges, copyright the artist.

Nicholas Galanin: I Think It Goes Like This (Gold)

January 20 2021 - April 22 2021

Visit MAM to experience the phenomenal special loan, a single-object exhibition from Art Bridges Foundation, featuring Nicholas Galanin's, I Think It Goes Like This (Gold). Galanin works from his experience as a mixed ancestry American/Tlingit/Unangax̂ artist to engage the complexities of contemporary Indigenous identity, culture, and representation. Galanin challenges the viewer to reassemble the pieces of a deconstructed mass-produced totem pole, manufactured in Indonesia and sold in gift shops throughout Sitka, Alaska where the artist lives, a reference to the appropriation and commodification of Native culture and decimation of Indigenous knowledge.

Learn more about Galanin and his process through this segment from the PBS series Craft in America: