MoMA PS1 | Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds: Surviving Active Shooter Custer

March 31 – September 2, 2019

Artist, activist, and educator Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds (American, b. 1954) is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho nations, and these identities have informed his work for more than thirty years. This presentation of new and recent large scale print works points to legacies of state violence against native communities while drawing parallels with events in the present day. Heap of Birds monumentalizes the humble language of vernacular signage, such as hand-written protest posters, to expose and memorialize events and individuals that have often been forgotten, repressed, or deliberately erased. Composed from poetic and fragmented language, these works draw on sources including popular songs, historical events, and political figures to open new critical perspectives on American history and culture.

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