Horse Notations: An Artist Talk & Music Performance with Pulitzer Prize winner Raven Chacon (Diné)

Sep 1, 5:30 p.m.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Artist and composer Raven Chacon (Diné) is the first Native American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music. He has exhibited widely and to great acclaim as a solo artist and member of the art collective Postcommodity (2009-2018). His 2020 opera Sweet Land, co-composed with Du Yun, was named 2021 Opera of the Year by the Music Critics Association of North America. His 2021 composition, Voiceless Mass, received the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Chacon’s lithograph Horse Notations—produced at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation—is currently on display in In Translation: Prints Across Media at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

Chacon will join John P. Murphy, the Loeb’s Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings, for a conversation about art, music, and Indigenous cultural expression. Their dialogue will be followed by a performance of the experimental composition Horse Notations—commissioned in 2019 by the Oregon East Symphony—which takes as its inspiration the movement and rhythms of horses.

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headshot of composer Raven Chacon
                 Raven Chacon
                 Photo: Courtesy of the subject