In Focus: Marie Watt

Art History Lectures

Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Frye Auditorium

Pre-registration for this series has ended. Please see Single Ticket policy below for remaining lectures.

What would the world look like if we thought of ourselves as companion species? Marie Watt doesn’t pretend to have the answer to this question, but her work does seek to forge relationships and reveal aspects of our connectedness to one another, to animals, and to the natural world. Rather than presenting her extensive body of work in chronological order, Watt will piece together themes in a way that might resemble sewing together a blanket.


Marie Watt is a cross-disciplinary artist who makes Indigenous knowledge visible by drawing from obscured history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, and Native Futurism. Her practice resides at the intersection of history, community and storytelling. Her site-responsive work spurs individuals and communities to engage in dialogue surrounding their own histories and experiences of the world. These multi-generational, intercultural and cross-disciplinary conversations create a lens for understanding connectedness to place, one another, and the universe in its ancient and modern condition.

Generous support for the program In Focus: Contemporary First Nations and Native American Women Artists and Curators is provided by the Snoqualmie Tribe.

Marie Watt, Companion Species (Underbelly), aromatic cedar, 2018. Photograph by Benjamin Benschneider. Image courtesy of Marie Watt Studio


Tickets to individual lectures may be available the day of the lecture on a space-available basis. Standby is first-come, first-served, one hour prior to the lecture. Individual tickets Members: $16; Non-members: $24.


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