This Is Not America’s Flag: A Conversation
The Broad presents “This Is Not America’s Flag: A Conversation on the U.S. Flag, National Identity, and Citizenship with Wendy Red Star, Apsáalooke + Tony de los Reyes + Stephanie Syjuco + Sarah Loyer” on the opening weekend of the special exhibition This Is Not America’s Flag. The Broad’s Curator and Exhibitions Manager Sarah Loyer will moderate a conversation among exhibiting artists Wendy Red Star, Stephanie Syjuco, and Tony de los Reyes.
Taking up key themes in the exhibition, panelists will discuss their use of the United States flag in their artworks and the flag as a symbol of individual and national identity. The discussion will examine the flag’s simultaneous unifying and polarizing qualities as well as key historical and legislative touchpoints. Artists will speak to the engagement of history in their works, and what that might mean for the present and future.
ASL interpreters provided by Pro Bono ASL
Tickets include access to the special exhibitions Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow and This Is Not America’s Flag and the third floor galleries on the day of the event, during operating hours. Access to Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013) is not included and must be booked separately here. Please present your "This Is Not America's Flag: A Conversation" event ticket at the main entrance of The Broad.
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Wendy Red Star
Wendy Red Star is a multi-media artist whose work challenges historical and present-day narratives about Native Americans and the United States, often examining the intersections of colonialism and Native American principles. Red Star is a member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) nation. She said, “This foundation is the main source for the inspiration behind all the work that I create…where I come from, the community that I’m from, the culture that I grew up in, the land that has molded my experience.”
Red Star is known for conducting in-depth research, often mining archives to re-examine the cultural artifacts, photographs, and historical accounts of Native Americans. Through this research, she produces artworks that invite viewers to consider new perspectives. The Indian Congress (2021) metaphorically reconvenes the 1898 Indian Congress, an unprecedented gathering of over five hundred representatives of thirty-five Native American nations in Omaha, Nebraska, during the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition. The work shines light on this complex event, while honoring and centering Indigenous voices and histories.
Stephanie Syjuco works in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing and archive excavations. Recently, she has focused on how photography and image-based processes are implicated in the construction of racialized, exclusionary narratives of history and citizenship. Born in the Philippines, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has exhibited widely, including at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. She is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and resides in Oakland, California.
Tony de los Reyes
In his multi-year series working with Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick, Tony de los Reyes expanded upon themes within the book to include parallel political and historical trajectories, and uniquely American aspects of aesthetics, particularly the sublime as found in the Hudson River School, and its effects within Abstract Expressionism. His work in the Broad exhibition, 1851 (#3), was directly inspired by Jasper John’s Flag paintings, two of which are in the exhibition. His current series is focused on the US-Mexico border, which critique the construct of nationalism, the border’s portrayal within a mythic American west, and its landscapes, imprisoned by a conceptual finitude. His work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in such permanent collections as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the New York Public Library. He is a recipient of a City of Los Angeles (COLA) grant, California Community Foundation Fellowship and is currently a Quinn Emanuel artist-in-residence and grantee. He received an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Sarah Loyer is Curator and Exhibitions Manager at The Broad in Los Angeles. She is the curator of This Is Not America’s Flag (2022). Loyer was the host curator of The Broad’s award-winning presentation of Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 (2019), organized by Tate Modern in London, and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (2017), organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Since joining The Broad as Curatorial Assistant in 2014, Loyer has worked on exhibitions including The Broad’s inaugural installation (2015) and Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life (2016), and co-curated the exhibitions Creature (2016), Oracle (2017), and A Journey That Wasn’t (2018), Invisible Sun (2021), and Since Unveiling (2021). Loyer earned a Masters in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Media Studies and Cultural Studies from The New School.