Nancy Mithlo is a professor of Art History at the UW–Madison. In 2009, she put together a symposium of artists and writers to discuss the curatorial practice in Native American arts. She asked us to compile the resulting art and writings into a single document for attendees, curators, and other curious folk.
We put together a booklet that used the central interview as a unifying thread, designed with a loose, DIY aesthetic that mirrors the ground-up, collaborative qualities of Native American curation. Interspersed throughout the book are the art and writing that came out of the event. We presented the writings in barrel-fold mini magazines, and showcased the art on perforated cards, so that this book about curating art, actually worked to curate the art inside.
The success of this book led to us designing materials for Nancy’s show at the 2008 Venice Biennale. The book itself has been featured on influential blogs, like Under Consideration’s FPO.