Who gets to tell stories about art collecting?

In connection with the exhibition “Collecting Stories: Native American Art,” multidisciplinary artist Maria Hupfield presents a new work of performance art that reimagines narratives about artists and collectors. Her performance responds to the “Progress Vase,” a monumental work of silver on view in the exhibition. Created for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, the “Progress Vase” bears intricately cast figures and engraved images representing stereotypical American origin stories. With her signature “sound tools”—hand-made objects that are worn, carried, and activated through performance—Hupfield expands our understandings of silver, indigenous cultures, and progress.

Maria Hupfield is a Brooklyn-based artist whose live performances create shared experiences and open spaces for new narratives. Working with industrial felt, she hand sews objects, renewing their meanings and activating them with movements. A member of the Wasauksing First Nation Anishinaabeg in Ontario, Canada, Hupfield is deeply invested in indigenous feminisms and exploring the intersections of race, gender, and class. Her current solo exhibition “The One Who Keeps On Giving” premiered at the Power Plant, Toronto, in January 2017 with multiple venues across Canada and in Paris.

Maria Hupfield, artist