Fire Bird Enticed With Apples In Honor of Mariatall Chief by Geralyn Montano  

Lectures and Workshops

California as Native Space 

Sunday, October 10, 2021, 11:00 a.m.

The Autry: George Montgomery Gallery

Limited Seating, RSVP encouraged 

About the Event

Join contemporary artists Geralyn Montano, and Mercedes Dorame live from the Autry's exhibition, When I Remember I See Red. Amanda Wixon, Assistant Curator, will led a discussion on California as Native Space.

Mercedes Dorame is a multi-disciplinary artist who calls on her Tongva ancestry to engage the problematics of visibility, ideas of cultural construction, and ancestral connection to land and sky. Dorame recently received a Creative Capital Award and was honored by UCLA as an outstanding alum of the last 100 years working in Equal Justice. She was also part of the Hammer Museum’s biennial Made in LA 2018. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Allen Memorial Art Museum, among others.

Dorame, born in Los Angeles, received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her undergraduate degree from UCLA.  Has shown her work internationally. 

Geralyn Montano was born in Colorado to a Dineh (Navajo) father and mother with French, Spanish, Comanche, and Pueblo ancestry. Her mother recently discovered she is related to Albert Looking Elk Martinez, the first renowned oil painter of Toa Pueblo. 

Montano has had a passion for art making since she was young. She received her formal art education from the San Francisco Art Institute, graduating with a BFA in interdisciplinary arts including drawing, painting, and sculpture. 

Montano has a strong interest in working with under-represented members of her community. She has volunteered with Spark, a program for mentoring middle school students in need of additional resources to support their exploration of careers, where she taught drawing and sculpture. She has also volunteered in domestic violence shelters and taught art workshops at a Bay Area trafficking survivor shelter for women. Montano is currently a visual art instructor for developmentally disabled adults. 

Montano’s work is inspired by her heritage and personal experience. Her art practice is informed by exploration in Native American contemporary issues related to intergenerational adversity. Her Dineh grandfather’s New Mexico boarding school experience, and her parents’ loss of culture through oppressive assimilation, sparked her interest in researching Native American culture and traditions. She explores historical and contemporary issues using art as a tool to deconstruct colonial patriarchy and celebrate resilient matriarchy. Montano’s work juxtaposes aesthetic qualities with subversive imagery, never shying away from controversial or provocative subjects. 

Her work has been exhibited at The Autry Museum of the American West, Crocker Art Museum,  Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana of San Jose, The Mexican Museum of San Francisco, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Galeria de la Raza, Incline Gallery, San Francisco ARC Gallery, Humboldt State University Goudi’ni Gallery, San Francisco State University Gallery, Luggage Store Gallery, and University of San Francisco Thacher Gallery. 

Montano’s work is in numerous private collections, the collection of the Stanford University and the collection of the Crocker Art Museum of Sacramento. She has been interviewed on public radio, written about by Journalist Rose Arietta for “In These Times” and, most recently, featured with an interview by Jean Merz-Edwards in “First American Art Magazine.”