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Current Exhibition: "Sifting Screens"
11/13/2013 - 12/21/2013

"Having a mixed heritage and a partially erased cultural identity is a constant hunt for truth where my main clues are Hollywood and artifacts,” says Dorame, whose paintings seek to untangle the complexity of an ignored and fictionalized history.

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Opening reception Saturday, November 9 at 7pm

Galería is pleased to present its next exhibition Sifting Screens, featuring new works by Katie Dorame.

A member of the Tongva tribe of Los Angeles, the artist set to create a hybrid iconography using symbols from the golden age of Hollywood cinema with artifacts from Indigenous cultures of North America, making a cohesive narrative out of disjointed parts: sorting, sifting, creating, and searching for the missing. The exhibition title is a play of sifting screens, real-life tools used by archeologists to go through mass amounts of dirt and debris to find anything special or culturally relevant. Even though Hollywood informs much of the world as to what Native American culture is, many cannot name the tribe that inhabited the area of Los Angeles (the Tongva).

The women painted in Sifting Screens are classic film stars between the 1920s and the 1950s whose identities were modified and recast by Hollywood. The actresses, who include Dolores Del Rio, Lupe Velez, Dorothy Lamour, and Katy Jurado, were always shifting their roles, but relegated to stereotypes - empowered by the ability to disguise themselves, but additionally pigeonholed and exoticized. The artifacts featured in the exhibition are culled from the artist’s personal research file, consisting of mainly California tribal artifact images from archeological journals, online images, and books.


About the artist:

A visual artist based in San Francisco and member of the Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California, Katie Dorame holds a Bachelors of Arts in Art from UC-Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts. She has been a teaching-artist-in-residence at The San Francisco Arts Education Project and recently attended the Vermont Studio Center. 

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About the GINAA Artist Fund:

Katie Dorame is a recipient of Galería de la Raza’s 2012/2013 Grantwriting for Indigenous and Native American Artists (GINAA) Artist Fund, a small grants/commission program that provides Latino artists with technical assistance and capacity building support to develop grant writing and artistic program planning skills. The GINAA Artist Fund encourages artists to explore strategies to make artistic projects compelling, to design projects that address the funders’ priorities, to target and develop an audience, to develop a project/program budget, and to create a biographical summary, thus creating opportunities for artists to create competitive proposals to access government and foundation arts funding. 

The GINAA Fund is generously funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission's Native American Arts & Cultural Traditions grants program.


The artist in the press:

“A Subjective Snapshot of Bay Area Art,” the East Bay Express >>


Public programs:

Thursday, December 12 | 6:30pm

Film Screening: Reel Injun (2009), Canadian documentary

By Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, and Jeremiah Hayes

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Reel Injun explores the portrayal of Native Americans in film, illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of Native people in Hollywood movies and interviews with filmmakers, actors and film historians, while director Diamond travels across the United States to visit iconic locations in motion picture as well as American Indian history. A short talk after the screening will occur, discussing topics of the ability to play multiple identities and more.   


Galería is pleased to present its next exhibition Sifting Screens, featuring new works by Katie Dorame.