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Talk | Sky Hopinka

October 10, 20236:00 pm - 7:30 pm

ASL and CART captioning available.

Image of Sky Hopinka artwork hanging in front of a bench at MCA.

Sky Hopinka, In Dreams and Autumn, 2021. Three-channel video, color, sound; 11 minutes. Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Restricted gift of Emerge, 2023.20. Photo: James Prinz

About the Event

This annual Emerge-sponsored artist talk honors Sara Albrecht, MCA Trustee and former Chair of Emerge, and features artist Sky Hopinka covering the arc of his artistic practice.

ASL and CART captioning are available.

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About the Artist

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California, Portland, Oregon, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His video, photo, and text work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture expressed through personal, documentary, and non fiction forms of media. His work has played at various festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Courtisane Festival, Punto de Vista, and the New York Film Festival. His work was a part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, the 2018 FRONT Triennial and Prospect.5 in 2021. He was a guest curator at the 2019 Whitney Biennial and participated in Cosmopolis #2 at the Centre Pompidou.

He has had a solo exhibition at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, in 2020 and in 2022 at LUMA in Arles, France. He is the recipient of the Infinity Award in Art from the International Center and the Alpert Award for Film/Video and fellowships including The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Sundance Art of Nonfiction, Art Matters, The Guggenheim Foundation, and The Forge Project. In the fall of 2022, Hopinka received a MacArthur Fellowship for his work as a visual artist and filmmaker.


This year’s Sara Albrecht Artist Talk is sponsored by Emerge.