She Sang Me A Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar, an exhibition

Please join us for the Opening Reception of She Sang Me a Good Luck Song and Memorial for the late Dugan Aguilar on Friday, January 25 from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

She Sang Me a Good Luck Song is based on the Heyday Books publication of the same name, edited by Theresa Harlan (Kewa Pueblo/Jemez Pueblo). We are delighted to have Theresa introduce the exhibit as our guest speaker. To register for the event, please follow the link provided: Opening Reception Registration

Filled with stunning photographs revealing the richness and vibrancy of contemporary Native Californian cultures, She Sang Me a Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar is a statewide traveling exhibition.  The exhibit, which opens at the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center on January 25th, 2019 and runs through March 1, 2019, features portraits and landscapes that subvert the typical romanticized narrative of Native peoples. She Sang Me a Good Luck Song is based on the Heyday Books publication of the same name, edited by Theresa Harlan (Kewa Pueblo/Jemez Pueblo).

The late Aguilar (Mountain Maidu/Pit River/Walker River Paiute) spoke his heart through these 28 photographs, depicting Native basket makers and dancers as well as military veterans and motorcyclists. These images provide an intimate look into the lives of contemporary Native peoples and document the perseverance and renewal of Native California’s living, vibrant cultures.  

About the guest speaker:
“Theresa Harlan is an independent curator and writer of contemporary Native American art, specializing in photography.  She edited the book, She Sang Me a Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilarhttps://heydaybooks.com/book/she-sang-me-a-good-luck-song/ and curated the companion exhibition by the same name.  Theresa curated the traveling exhibition “Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California” (2007-2011). Published essays include, “A View of Our Home, Tomales Bay, Calif.: Portrait of a Coast Miwok Family, 1930-1945” in Our People, Our Land, Our Images: Indigenous Photographers, Heyday Books, 2006 and “Indigenous Visionaries: California Native American Women Artists” in California in Parallels and Intersections: Art/Women/California, 1950-2000, University of California Press, 2002. Her background in the arts includes: Traditional Folk Arts Program administrator for the California Arts Council, director of the Carl Gorman Museum for the Native American Studies Department at UC Davis, and review panelist for the San Francisco Art Commission’s Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions Grant, Alliance for California Traditional Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Folk Arts Heritage Award. Born in San Francisco, Theresa Harlan is the adopted daughter of Elizabeth Campigli Harlan (Coast Miwok) and John Harlan. By birth she is Jemez Pueblo and an enrolled member of Kewa Pueblo (formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo) of New Mexico.

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