Sky Hopinka press

Sky Hopinka press

Sky Hopinka reviewed in The New York Times by Holland Cotter here

Sky Hopinka reviewed in The New Yorker by Andrea Scott

Sky Hopinka on Contemporary Art Daily

Sky Hopinka reviewed in Musee Magazine

The Long Conversation, by Stephanie Barber & Xav Leplae

The Long Conversation, by Stephanie Barber & Xav Leplae

weekly radio show on WXRW

Sundays @ 7 pm CT

Tune in weekly for another exciting installment of THE LONG CONVERSATION a serial radio play by Stephanie Barber & Xav Leplae.

Archive and live streaming avalable here 

image by Peter Barrickman



Saturday October 31st, 2020

We the GHOSTS call you into the portal of 00000 GHOOST $HOW XI… again. Join us in another endless night of misery under the pallid, sickly light of the full moon Saturday, October 31st … it couldn’t possibly be scarier than real life…

00000 GHOOST $HOW XI will take place at 3 different cursed venues, online and IRL, Full Moon Karaoke and Variety Show on “zoom”, Terminus (outdoors), The Green Gallery (through the windows), and at your very doorstep (if you dare…)

The Ghosts urge all human participants to respect their corporeal forms and the fleeting vessels of others and follow all health and safety protocols for any in person events and to “HAVE A GOOD TIME”

Full Moon Karaoke and Variety Show - online hosted by Kosmic Kayle and Star Sara
8 - 11pm CST

Prizes for the best costume and performance

Variety by - 

DJ Ollie
Kim Miller
Zachary Ochoa 
Revenge Coma

How to attend IF YOU DARE - 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 928 3622 8437
Passcode: h0rr!f!c

Here's how karaoke will work on Zoom-
* Sign up for your song by typing the name of the song and artist you'd like to sing in the chat. 
* Kosmic Kayle and Star Sara will then curate the order of songs from there, as per usual ;)
* You will be responsible for finding a karaoke version of your song on YouTube (usually typing in the name of the song/artist and putting 'karaoke' after it will do! We  recommend finding the YouTube karaoke rendition you want to use ahead of time so you know it's a good one)
* When we call you "on stage" you can choose to share your screen so the audience can see the song you’re singing.
* You sing your song! We recommend you turn up the volume pretty high on your computer so 1. we can all hear the music well and 2. you can feel like those sweet, sweet, monitors on the Company Brewing stage are blaring up at you. Get into it! Kosmic Kayle recommends having a hairbrush, Evian bottle, or some other phallic-like object nearby to sing your heart into.
* Please mute your microphone when someone else is singing, cheer them on visually and in the comments, please!

2964 N Holton St
Milwaukee, wi 53212
7-11ishpm CST

Socially Distanced Outdoor Sculpture Garden, (wear a mask and don’t touch anyone or anything) work by:

Jenna Young 
Rachel Hausman
Alli Smith 
Connor Lang 
Chloe Gutman
Thad Kelstadt
Pete Christian
Alec Dolter
Felipe Pagan
Jacky Valdez
Elise Mcardle
Alan Peralta
Stephen Wetter
Marissa Macias
Zachary Ochoa
Grace Mitchell
Joe Clark
Rosie Brandenburg
Elizabeth Rath

The Green Gallery 
1500N. Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

“Ghost-its” by Zach Pieper, in progress now, stop by all week to see the progress. Finished piece visible through the windows 10/31 - 11/7

00000 GHOOST $HOW XI delivered to your door, free and first come first served, you will receive a small box of editions, prints and objects by artists - 

D Rosen
Stella Koslowski
Roy Smith
Stephanie Gage 
Rachel Hausman

Email with the subject line “SPOOKYBOX” to claim yours. The box will be mailed or dropped off (for Milwaukee locals) within one week of 00000 GHOOST $HOW XI

Current museum exhibitions including works by David Robbins
Sky Hopinka New York shows

Sky Hopinka New York shows

The Green Gallery is pleased to announce two New York exhibitions by Sky Hopinka opening this month:
LORE at Broadway in collaboration with The Green Gallery
Sky Hopinka: Centers of Somewhere at the Hessel Museum CCS Bard

373 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
October 10 - November 14, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 10, 11am-6pm
The artist will be present 4-6pm
Sky Hopinka: LORE
For its inaugural exhibition, Broadway is pleased to present Lore, a solo show by artist and filmmaker Sky Hopinka. Centered around a 16mm looping film projection and including a suite of photographs hand-inscribed with related texts, the show succinctly encapsulates Hopinka’s ambitious and wide-ranging practice. Harnessing modes of filmmaking from feature-length non-fiction to skewed documentary to poetic experimental reveries, the artist enlists image, music and language in penetrating the spectral condition of a perpetual afterlife that infuses contemporary Indigenous existence—and that this medium so effectively evokes in his hands.
The titular film, which depicts the artist arranging and rearranging cut-up photographs on an illuminated overhead projector, takes its cue from Nostalgia (1971) the seminal experimental film by Hollis Frampton. In Frampton’s film, the narrator intones anecdotes relating to his artist friends and romantic entanglements as we watch photographs burn to ash atop a hotplate. With Lore Hopinka dramatically expands on this format, pushing the voice and image connections further afield into the landscape and into a more complex and poetic personal narrative that engages performative collage in real-time. As the photographs accumulate on the overhead projector, we see and hear a band rehearsing a melancholy song that slowly builds into an insistent, casually beautiful version of Bo Didley’s Heart O Matic Love—added layers of specificity and broader raw emotion that intercut the artist’s oblique voiceover of a dissolving romance.
As a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and a fluent speaker of Chunk Wawa and active in Indigenous language revitalization, a consistent thread of translation, subtitling and multi-lingual voiceover runs through Hopinka’s practice as a whole. The slippage of meaning across these modes of expression, as well as the ways in which text and poetry (written, spoken and sung) remain in subtle friction with the imagery of the films and photographs is at the vital core of this work. The yearning incantations of the individual are overlapped with the specific political realities of a community and manifested with a strategy of presentation that straddles definitions of art, cinema and literature.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with The Green Gallery, Milwaukee.

Hessel Museum of Art CCS BARD
33 Garden Rd
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504
October 17, 2020 - February 14, 2021
Sky Hopinka: Centers of Somewhere
Sky Hopinka: Centers of Somewhere is the first solo museum exhibition of artist and filmmaker Sky Hopinka (born 1984 in Ferndale, Washington).
A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Hopinka has become recognized for video work that centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and that explores language as a container of culture. Within the trajectory of experimental cinema, Hopinka contributes to the development of Native aesthetics, insisting on a profoundly subjective position that destabilizes entrenched colonial perspectives and related descriptions of land, sky, sea, myth, place, and personhood. Significant to his work is the study and teaching of the near extinct Indigenous language chinuk wawa. His films are sometimes subtitled in English and chinuk wawa or his Native language Hočąk, and move between concepts in each linguistic system to destabilize and question them.
Centers of Somewhere will present a newly commissioned, multi-channel work Here you are before the trees (2020), alongside a selection of recent videos and photography. The newly commissioned work will explore Indigenous histories of the Hudson Valley as they are connected to other regions in the U.S. Each channel of the new installation will focus on a different aspect of these landscapes, including the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians who were relocated from the Hudson Valley region to Wisconsin near Hopinka’s tribal homeland. The installation also incorporates research on Henry Roe Cloud, a Ho-Chunk tribal member from Wisconsin who was a contributor to the Merriam Report of 1928 as well as the prolific and influential writer Vine Deloria Jr. and his father, Vine Deloria Sr. who was a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Bard’s first incarnation. Centers of Somewhere will also present a new series of sixteen photographs entitled Breathings (2020) that were shot throughout the U.S. in 2020. While the photographs within the Breathings series range in locations and subject matter, a text binds them, with its handwritten lines encircling the borders of each image. For instance, a line around a cold Chicago intersection devoid of people reads: “I think of my home tonight. I don’t have any resolutions, but I’ve felt so much through these streets, these neighborhoods. This land and this Land hold so much, and this pain and this Pain call for salves we already have, still needing to be wrapped and poulticed.”
Centers of Somewhere also includes several short video works by Hopinka including Dislocation Blues (2017), an experimental documentary of the Standing Rock protests, offering what the artist calls an “incomplete and imperfect portrait of reflections” around the historic event and its potential; Jáaji Approx (2015), which layers recordings of Hopinka’s father over landscapes that the two (father and son) have separately traveled; and, I’ll Remember You as You Were, not as What You’ll Become (2016), an elegy to poet Diane Burns (Chemehuevi/ Anishinabe) that meditates on mortality, afterlife and reincarnation.
Sky Hopinka: Centers of Somewhere is curated by Lauren Cornell, Director of the Graduate Program and Chief Curator, CCS Bard. A series of on-line public programs for Centers of Somewhere will be organized by Cornell and Dr. Christian Ayne Crouch, Associate Professor of History, Bard College. The first virtual event will take place on October 19th at 5 p.m. In this special presentation, Heather Bruegl, Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community, will provide an overview of local history with an aim to restore Native presence at Bard College. This activation, issued from the community’s current home in Wisconsin, acknowledges the continuing Mohican and Munsee relationship to their homelands. For registration for this virtual event please click here. As others are announced they will be available for registation here.
Alongside Centers of Somewhere, CCS Bard will co-publish Perfidia a book of Hopinka’s writings with Wendy’s Subway, a non-profit reading room, writing space, and independent publisher located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The book will also feature an essay by Julie Niemi, independent curator and CCS Bard Alum 2017.



David Robbins on his new book

Matt Cook talks to David Robbins about Accrochage
Kenny Schachter talks to David Robbins about Accrochage and more

Accrochage is available at The Green Gallery and through other online vendors worldwide.

Sky Hopinka at The Poor Farm

Sky Hopinka at The Poor Farm

Open by appointment through October 2020

The Poor Farm 
E6325 County Highway BB 
Manawa, Wisconsin 54949
United States 

images and videos here:

August 2, 3, 4, 2019
Sky Hopinka Exhibition runs through October, 2020

For its 11th year, Poor Farm is hosting a solo presentation of work by Sky Hopinka as well as several returning ancillary projects. Hopinka’s exhibition will overlap with the Democratic National Conventions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 13 - 16, 2020.

Sky Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a Pechanga descendent. He was born and raised in Washington State and Southern California, and spent a number of years in Portland, Oregon, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin and first began making films. His video work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable. He was recently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow for 2019. His work has played at various festivals including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Images, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance, and Projections and been part of exhibitions at LACE, Disjecta, Counterpublic, the Whitney Biennial, and the Front Triennial. He currently teaches at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C.

This exhibition will feature many of his videos from the past six years as well as a new multi-channel installation, and recent photo and text based work., A publication designed by Nate Pyper will accompany the exhibition and include contributions by Almudena Escobar López, Sky Hopinka, Michelle Grabner, John Riepenhoff, Julie Niemi among others.

Later this summer the Poor Farm is hosting a long-term research residency called Living Within the Play, exploring the contingent nature of hosting and gathering, the fleeting and the reverberating, particular to the moment of temporary, intentional assembly. Using the “artist residency,” a reliably liminal site, as a platform for inquiry and play and party - the Poor Farm becomes a “stage” or “playing field” that can collapse forms from daily life, the studio and the event to produce a living and working space that builds on the natural byproducts of this shared experience (responsiveness) towards a cumulative public occurrence (resonance). This project is coordinated by Mark Jeffrey (Chicago, IL), Kelly Kaczynski (Chicago, IL), Judith Leemann (Boston, MA), Kelly Lloyd (London, UK) and Shannon Stratton (Queens, NY).

This year’s annual Lazy River Show Me Your Rafts, Yet Another Can Float features a limited collectable koozie designed by Sarah Luther. Lazy River Radio will feature mixes by Joe Acri and Sally Nicholson. Experimental river apparel designed by Kirsten Schmid. The float takes place on Saturday, August 3, 2019 launch at 1pm. Laziness and sun screen encouraged. Poor Store, operated by Sara Caron, will return to Poor farm grounds.

Microlights, programmed by Ben Balcom + Jesse McLean, is a Milwaukee based cinema that platforms contemporary film and video art. They will present an outdoor screening on the August 2nd. The full program will be posted to their website:

This year's Summer School will be presented by Julie Niemi alongside carbon copy, an artist-run collective currently composed of Brigette Borders, Danny Bredar, Nathan Engel, Ed Oh, Daniel Salamanca, WooJin Shin, and Ke Yi (Leah) Zheng. Carbon copy's core areas of focus include collective action, experimental spatial syntax, and the changing position of painting in the digital age.

Poor Farm is a not-for-profit project space that honors the tradition of artist-directed programs and supported by Christine Symchych, Jim Campbell, Miriam Van de Sype, Flavius Cucu, John McKinnon, The Green Gallery, John Riepenhoff’s Beer Endowment, George Bregar and Company Brewing.