Alice C. Sabatini Gallery

Your connection to the Arts: inspiring curiosity, developing visual literacy, and building our community.

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The Sabatini Art Gallery is located a short distance from the library entrance, just to the right of the rotunda. Exhibits, programs and events are free, casual and open to the public. Hours are the same as the Library, except when closed for change of exhibition.

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Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture In Native America

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IMAGE: 4-Wheel Warpony skateboarders, 2008. Courtesy Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo).

June 28 – August 24, 2014 | Main Gallery

Ramp It Up is a traveling exhibit organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

One of the most popular activities on Indian reservations today, skateboarding is a true phenomenon, integrating physical exertion with design, graphic art, videography, and music. The result is a unique and dynamic culture all its own. Enthusiasm for the sport only continues to grow as American Indian communities build skateparks and host skateboard competitions that attract national attention. Featuring 20 skateboard decks designed by Native artists, and learn the history of this indigenous sport by tracing its roots through art and film.

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Identities: Bunky Echo-Hawk

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IMAGE: (l) Bunky Echo-Hawk, I’m Not Only The Chief, I’m Also A Member (2013), acrylic on canvas; (c) Bunky Echo-Hawk custom designed Air Max Destiny for NIKE N7 Collection, Echo-Hawk with custom skateboard decks featured in Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture In Native America, and custom designed NIKE N7 t-shirt featuring a traditional native warrior holding a basketball in a strike pose; (r) Promotional poster and postcard design courtesy of the artist.

June 16 – August 24, 2014 | Front Gallery

“It is my goal to truly exemplify the current state of Native America through art.” —Bunky Echo-Hawk

Identities explores the tension between the past and the present through the eyes of Pawnee/Yakama artist, Bunky Echo-Hawk and his experiences as 21st-century American. Relying on a mixture of pop culture appropriation, traditional Native craft, and at times in-your-face stereotyping, Echo-Hawk exposes how Native people see themselves, how non-Native people perceive them, and how Native identity is often confusing for both the artist and the audience. Echo-Hawk’s work doesn’t clearly define what it means to be a contemporary Indian. Instead, he illustrates how the persistence of stereotypes continues to undermine and challenge Indian identity.

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