Hemispheric New York Events

Hemispheric New York features special programs, such as EMERGENYC (EMERGENYC), lectures, film series, conferences, and performance workshops, some of which are exclusively for members, and some which are open to the public at large. Below are upcoming and recent events.

Exhibition | Killing the Black Snake—Resistance at Standing Rock (October 30-December 6, 2016) Photographs by Stephanie Keith

Opening Panel | Indigenous Rising: Standing Rock and Beyond with Cheryl Angel (Sicangu/Oohenumpa), Jaskiran Dhillon, and Elizabeth Ellis (Peoria)

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00-9:00 pm


6:00 pm | Welcome and viewing


With the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), the time of the Sioux prophecy foretelling the arrival of a black snake (Zuzéča Sápa) that would poison the water before destroying the Earth has come to pass. Originally slated to cross the Missouri River near the mostly white city of Bismarck, the pipeline was rerouted to carry crude oil under Lake Oahe, the main source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Answering the call of The Great Sioux Nation, indigenous people from more than 300 tribal nations across North America traveled to North Dakota to stop the construction of the pipeline, making this gathering the largest Native convergence in over a century. In a matter of weeks, thousands more—indigenous and non-indigenous—made the journey, settling in three camps near the site.
Reuters freelance photographer Stephanie Keith documented the protest encampment for 36 continuous days from the end of October through the beginning of December 2016. Keith’s photographs vividly document the actions undertaken by the Water Protectors in defense of the territory and the violent police repression with which they were met. They also immerse the viewer in the political community that emerged in the encampments. Her photographs capture an extraordinary moment in the long history of indigenous resistance--one in which unity, solidarity, direct action, and even fleeting victory, were enacted in a clearing on a Missouri River floodplain.

Stephanie Keith is an award-winning news and editorial photographer whose work focuses on protest, social issues and religion. Her photos from a Reuters assignment to cover the Dakota Access Pipeline protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation were chosen for several best photos 2016 by the New York Times, The Washington Post, and Reuters among other media outlets. In 2012, Stephanie was named Reporter of the Year by the Newswomen's Club of New York for her independently produced photos of Occupy Wall Street.


Indigenous Rising: Native American Activism in the Era of Standing Rock

6:30-8:00 pm | Panel (Reception to follow)


Images of the burning Standing Rock encampment--set aflame by protesters themselves in anticipation of the final police eviction on February 22--opened a new chapter in the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the struggle for indigenous land and sovereignty. As tribal elders, Water Protectors and the #NoDAPL movement assess the lessons and victories of Standing Rock, new arenas of struggle proliferate in the courts, in the movement for divestment, and in the streets of cities across the United States.
Please join us for a discussion with Standing Rock elder and activist Cheryl Angel (Sicangu/Oohenumpa), and activists/scholars Jaskiran Dhillon and Elizabeth Ellis(Peoria) about where the movement stands and what lies ahead.

Cheryl Angel is a Lakota woman, Sicangu/Oohenumpa from South Dakota, and a frontline water protector at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, where she supported Sacred Stone Camp starting in April 2016. While there, she worked to integrate deep prayer with nonviolent direct action, guiding two women-led actions in resistance to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Cheryl recently traveled to Mexico to participate in the Caravan for Peace and Life, a movement seeking to raise awareness for the care of the Earth and its watersheds.

Jaskiran Dhillon is a first generation academic and advocate who grew up on Treaty Six Cree Territory in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her work has been published in The Guardian, Cultural Anthropology, Truthout, Public Seminar, Feminist Formations, and Decolonization among other venues. Jaskiran is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology at The New School in New York City and a member of the New York City Stands with Standing Rock Collective.

Elizabeth Ellis is a historian of early American and Native America. She is also a citizen of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and an activist. Her work focuses on Native appropriation and representation, gender-based violence on reservations, the tribal recognition process, and the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the McNeil Center for early American Studies and will begin full time in the history department at NYU in the fall.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Hemispheric Dialogue/Diálogo Hemisférico | "Overheard/Undertheorized: Feminist Listening"

unnamed 3

Thursday, April 6, 2017
6-8 pm

Please join 
Licia Fiol-Matta and Alexandra T. Vazquez as they listen out loud, together and apart, to songs in their current rotation. Join us as we listen to music of the past to explore its contemporaneity—engaging the stubbornness of explicit and implicit protocols, of the stated and unstated, of binaries and multiplicities, of the here and the there.

The facilitators ask that attendees listen to and read from the following selections:

Alex’s playlist:

-Cachao, "Estudio En Trompeta"

-Celia Cruz, "Mango Mangue"

-“The Mega Mezclapolis,” Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (UC Press, 2016)

Licia’s playlist:

-Myrta Silva y Daniel Santos, “Noche de ronda”

-Freddy, “Noche de ronda” 

-"Introduction: I Am Nothing!" The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music (Duke, 2017)

Alexandra T. Vazquez is Associate Professor of Performance Studies, New York University. Her research and teaching interests focus on music, U.S. Latina/o and Latin American Studies, Caribbean aesthetics and criticism, race and ethnicity, and feminist theory. Her book, Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke University Press 2013), won the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero Book Prize in 2014. Vazquez is currently working on Writing Sound: The Florida Project, a new manuscript that investigates Florida as an under-theorized yet vibrant creative laboratory of the circum-Atlantic world.

Licia Fiol-Matta is Visiting Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. Her research and teaching interests focus on modern and contemporary Hemispheric Latin American literature and culture, gender and sexuality, critical theory, and music.She is the author of A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral (University of Minnesota Press, 2002) and The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music (Duke University Press, 2017). Fiol-Matta is series co-editor of New Directions in Latino American Cultures (Palgrave).

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10003

Critical Tactics Lab | Raquel de Anda and Gan Golan

p10 climate march

Thursday, April 13, 2017
6-8 pm

In a time of mass upheaval, where millions of people are stepping from the sidelines into action, what’s the relationship between urgent mobilizations and long-term organizing? How can art play a critical role in facilitating this connection? 
Raquel de Anda and Gan Golan will speak about their work on mobilizations such as the Peoples Climate March, as well as other artist-based projects including Project Row Houses, to illuminate key tactics and strategies for strengthening our efforts in the coming years.

Raquel de Anda is an independent curator and cultural producer based in Brooklyn, NY. De Anda began her career as Associate Curator at Galería de la Raza, a contemporary Latino arts organization in San Francisco, CA (2003-2010) and has continued to support the production of socially engaged artwork in both Mexico and the United States. Her work spans a variety of practices, including producing trans-media film-based projects, organizing public interventions and mass mobilizations, and curating exhibitions at museums, galleries and alternative arts spaces across the US. Recent exhibitions include Shattering the Concrete: Artists, Activists and Instigators (Project Row Houses, Houston, TX), The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art (Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.), Art in Odd Places intervention festival (NYC), and overseeing creative production for the historic People’s Climate March (NYC), with hundreds of artists and 400,000 people participating. Raquel is a contributor to and Arts in a Changing America. She is a 2014 member of the Laundromat Project's Artist and Community Council. De Anda's work has been covered in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Huffington Post and The Washington Post.

Gan Golan is a New York Times bestselling author and artist. He has spent the last two decades on the front lines of social justice movements throughout the US and abroad, from housing and labor rights, to climate and economic justice. His books include the bestseller Goodnight Bush and the critically-acclaimed graphic novel The Adventures of Unemployed Man. As an artist, he has designed rock music posters for Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Nick Cave and the Foo Fighters. Gan's work combines grassroots community organizing with high-profile, media-genic public spectacles that shift popular narratives and mobilize communities. Recently, he helped design the largest climate mobilization in history, The People's Climate March. He has personal understanding of the critical important of citizen’s right to film police. In 2003, while attending a peaceful protest in Miami, Florida he was unlawfully arrested, beaten and then forced to stand trial. Upon witnessing video evidence shot by bystanders, the judge dismissed all charges against him. Golan’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes Magazine, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, The SF Chronicle, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Wired Magazine.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10003