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Jolene Rickard

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Detail: Aids for the Deaf

Indonesian Clay Dolls

Tapestry by Pieter van Aelst


Detail: Battle between the conquering Mongols and the Muslim population of Iran


Detail: Beyond the Taj


Detail: Eave hanging (ider-ider) with scenes from Butterfly L

japan detail

Detail: Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen


Detail: Le Ventre Legislatif


Detail: El Regreso del Canibal Macrobiotico


Forgotten Dream


Detail: Moche Panel Fragment with Four Figur

sea gods

Detail: Battle of the Sea Gods

The dream and lies of franco

Detail: The Dream and Lie of Franco


Fields in the Month of June

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Jolene Rickard

Associate Professor
Director, American Indian Program

phone: 607-255-0570
room: Goldwin Smith Hall, G35

Jolene Rickard

Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor

Rebecca Belmore Fountatin

Oh So Iroquois

Aboriginal Performance


Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Research Interests

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.

Curatorial Projects

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, 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.