Apache Chronicles: The Art of Douglas Miles
November 17, 2016 - May 30, 2017

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Gallery Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday

The Apache Chronicles features a rich sample of works by the iconic Apache artist Douglas Miles. The show includes twenty-three works on photographic paper, wood, and the artist’s signature skateboard decks. Born in 1963, in the San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona, Miles grew up in Phoenix, where he attended school and college before moving back to San Carlos. Miles first painted a skateboard in the late 1990s as a present for his son and, encouraged by the enthusi- astic response, he went on to found Apache Skateboards, the first Native-owned skate- board company, in 2002. Several years later, he helped to create Native Agents, an artists’ collective that organizes exhibits mixing visual arts, music, and skateboarding.

Increasingly indispensable, Miles’s work both envisions Apache freedom, resistance and creativity in the face of centuries of settler colonialism, and poses the urgent question of how to imagine different pasts to make more hopeful futures possible. 

Curated by Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Chief Curator of Gallery at the Center. 

Teresa Aguayo, Associate Curator

Special thanks to Professor Karl Jacoby for his support.

Douglas Miles American, born 1963

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CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.

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