Jolene Rickard is a visual historian, artist, and curator interested in the issues of Indigeneity within a global context. She is currently a recipient of a Ford Foundation Research Grant and is conducting research in the Americas, Europe, New Zealand and Australia culminating in a new journal on Indigenous aesthetics, and has a forthcoming book on Visualizing Sovereignty. She served as Interim Chair for the Art Department 2009-2010 and is an affiliated faculty member in the American Indian Program at Cornell University. She is a 2010-2011 recipient of a Cornell University Society of the Humanities Fellowship on the thematic topic of “Global Aesthetics.”
Recently Taught Courses
AIS 1100 Introduction to American Indian Studies I
VISST 2000 Introduction to Visual Studies
ART 4609 Independent Studio in Photography
ART 7002 Graduate Studio
ARTH 2755 Art of the Americas
ARTH 4750 The Museum & the Other
ARTH 4771/6771 Indigenous Art, Film & New Media: Anti-Colonial Studies
ARTH 4772/6772 Indigenous Art & Globalism
ARTH 4773/6773 Photography & the Colonial Gaze
Select Recent Projects
Banff Residency for the Painter House Conversations (Canada) 2/2010
Te Tihi Scholar/Artist Gathering (Aotearoa / New Zealand) 1/2010
Invited guest to the Sydney Biennale, 5/2010.
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, permanent exhibits: Our Peoples and Our Lives, Washington, D.C. 2004-present.
Across Borders: Beadwork in Iroquois Life. Co-Curator. Collaboration with Dr. Ruth Phillips, Kanataka, Kanien'kehaka Raotitiohkwa Cultural Center and McCord Museum, Quebec, 1995-99.
Books, Essays, & Edited Volumes
“Skin Seven Spans Thick.” In Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor (Washington DC: National Museum of the American Indian, 2010).
“Absorbing or Obscuring the Absence of a Critical Space in the Americas for Indigeneity: The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian,” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 52 (Fall 2007).
“Crossing Boundaries: Art Museums and Anthropology Museums in Search of Common Ground." Edited by Francesco Pellizzi, Guest Editor, Ivan Gaskell, Harvard University: Peabody Museum Press.
“Haudenosaunee Art: ‘In the Shadow of the Eagle.’" In: J. C. H. King and Christian F. Feest (eds.), Three Centuries of Woodlands Indian Art: A Collection of Essays (Altenstadt: ZKF Publishers, 2007).
“The Local and the Global.” In Vision, Space, Desire: Global Perspectives and Cultural Hybridity. Proceedings of conference held in Venice, Italy, 12/05. (Smithsonian: National Museum of the American Indian, 2006).
Rebecca Belmore: Fountain, Jolene Rickard and Jessica Bradley. Canadian entrant for the Venice Biennale 2005. (Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery, 2005).
Guest Editor: NYU Hemispheric Institute on performance art, e-misférica: performance art and politics in the Americas, e-journal http://www.hemisphericinstitute.org/journal/index.html, 2.1, 3/2005
"Indigenous is the Local." In On Aboriginal Representation In The Gallery, edited by Lynda Jessup (Hull, Quebec: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2002).
Oh So Iroquois, curated by Ryan Rice, The Ottawa Art Gallery, ON, 6/07.
The American West, curated by Jimmie Durham and Richard W. Hill, Compton Verney Gallery, Warwickshire, GB, 6/29-8/05.
Western New York and Beyond Exhibition, Albright Knox, curated by Louis Grachos, Buffalo, NY, 6/05.
Lifeworlds – Artscapes: Contemporary Iroquois Art, curated by Sylvia S. Kasprycki and Doris I. Strambrau, Museum Der Weltkulturen, Germany, 2/04.
New Voices/New Visions, curated by Janeen Antone, Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco, CA, 10/98.
Native Nations, curated by Jane Allison, Barbican Art Center, London, UK, 10/98.
Reservation X, curated by Gerald McMaster, Curator of Contemporary Art, Canadian Museum of Civilization, QC, 4/98.
Red River Crossing, visiting curator, Gary Sholette, The Swiss Institute, New York, NY, 11/96.