Working across classical composition, Indigenous musical traditions, experimental sound and the visual arts, Navajo Diné artist and musician Raven Chacon uses the concept of the art score to find different forms for engaged action. His art scores are in the form of objects, videos and sound installation, music notation and language-based instructions; they tell stories of land, the colonial experience, as well as building community and collectivity for Indigenous sovereign futures They are made/performed with the participation of musicians, the general public or specific performers. Raven Chacon was the first Indigenous musician to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Award in 2022.
A Worm’s Eye View from A Bird’s Beak is co-produced by Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Northern Norway/Sápmi and Swiss Institute, NY.
As part of the public programming for the exhibition, there will be a performance of Raven Chacon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Voiceless Mass at Bodø domkirke on June 7th, 2024. The performance is made in collaboration with the Artisk Filharmoni and will also feature a performance by Elina Waage Mikalsen.
The concert is preceded by a conversation between Raven Chacon and Patricia Marroquin Norby, Associate Curator of Native American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
A Worm’s Eye View from A Bird’s Beak is curated by Katya García-Antón, Director and Chief Curator, NNKM.
To accompany the exhibition, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum will co-publish a book with Swiss Institute, NY. The book, Raven Chacon: A Worm’s Eye View from A Bird’s Beak, is co-edited by Katya García-Antón, Stephanie Hessler and Alison Coplan. The book features contributions from Raven Chacon, Aruna D’Souza, Candice Hopkins, Marja Bål Nango, Sigbjørn Skåden, Smávot Ingir, Lou Cornum, Anthony Huberman, Eric-Paul Riege, Dylan Robinson and Patrick Nickleson. It is designed by Stoodio Santiago da Silva and distributed by Sternberg Press.
New York Times review
New York Times’ Holland Cotter has reviewed Raven Chacon’s exhibition, A Worm’s Eye View From a Bird’s Beak at the Swiss Institute. Link to the review: "Raven Chacon's Sound-and-Art Symphony At the Swiss Institute, a Pulitzer Prize winner makes art that is warmed - socially and spiritually - by hope."