For Zitkála-Šá Performance: Kona Mirabal

24Feb6:00 pm7:00 pmFor Zitkála-Šá Performance: Kona Mirabal

Event Details

Experience Raven Chacon’s visual compositions from the For Zitkála-Ša (2018) series through live performance. Taos’s own Kona Mirabal (Taos Pueblo) will perform a one-of-a-kind, in-gallery concert. This ticketed performance will include two pieces from Chacon’s For Zitkála-Šá series as well as a collection of ceremonial songs passed down through generations. 

Raven Chacon created For Zitkála-Ša, a series of lithographs of musical arrangements dedicated to contemporary American Indian, First Nations, and Mestiza women working in music performance, composition, and sound art. Chacon envisioned the scores as portraits of the women and how they navigate the twenty-first century. The title of the series refers to the Yankton Dakota composer and musician Zitkála-Šá, who lived from 1876 to 1938.  


About the Exhibition 


Raven Chacon: Three Songs brings together three of Raven Chacon’s projects that pay tribute to Indigenous women through sound, video, and visual work. In the series For Zitkála-Šá (2018), Chacon created musical arrangements dedicated to different contemporary Indigenous, First Nations, or Mestiza women working in music performance, composition, or sound art. The video installation Three Songs (2021) features Indigenous women singing as they reoccupy sites of historic massacres, displacement, or relocation of tribal people. The final work, Silent Choir (2016-2017), is a field recording Chacon made while taking part in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, which captures the silent protest of 600 water protectors facing police and security forces. When presented in unison, these works resound the suppressed histories and present-day stories of Native resistance in the face of systemic power. 

Raven Chacon is a Diné (Navajo) composer, performer, and installation artist born in Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation and based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a solo artist, Chacon has exhibited, performed, or had works performed at LACMA, The Kennedy Center, and the Whitney Museum, among others. In 2022, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music. 


For Zitkála-Šá Performances:

Feb 24: Kona Mirabal 

Apr 6: Autumn Chacon 

May 4: Laura Ortman 

Jun 7: Marisa DeMarco (performing For Carmina Escobar) 


Support for the For Zitkála-Šá Concert Series is provided by the Richard B. Siegel Foundation. 



February 24, 2024 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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