Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Vestige Vagabond

August 20 – August 21, 2011

Image: Courtesy of the artists

Image: Courtesy of the artists

Vestige Vagabond is a public art performance by artists Maria Hupfield and Charlene Vickers to be hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in conjunction with the exhibition Counting Coup. In this performance, the value of Native American culture, ingenuity, function, aesthetics, and sharing will be emphasized through a series of new and unexpected objects and actions in an open market setting.

Utilizing clothing and cultural items drawing from iconic representations of Native Americans, the artists-as-cultural-makers will involve the tourist market audience by brandishing small-scale performance artifacts (to be handled but not for sale) to question the value placed between object and function across cultures.

Vestige Vagabond was supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation, in conjunction with the exhibition Counting Coup.