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Brad Kahlhamer

Brad Kahlhamer: Swap Meet

New York City-based Native American artist Brad Kahlhamer draws his inspiration from the ethnographic experience of field-work at swap meets throughout the Southwest, fueling an artistic practice in varying mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, and music.

Sep 25, 2021 - Jan 23, 2022

New York City-based Native American artist Brad Kahlhamer first exhibited at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) in 2004 with the hugely successful exhibition Let’s Walk West. For his second SMoCA exhibition, over 15 years later, Kahlhamer draws his inspiration from the ethnographic experience of fieldwork at swap meets throughout the Southwest, which he has engaged with since his childhood in Arizona. The social and cultural space of the swap meet models and fuels Kahlhamer’s artistic practice in varying mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, and music as well as a new commission. At the cross-section of Native American cultures and his own culture as an artist, Swap Meet becomes Kahlhamer’s meditation on a nomadic and intersectional contemporary condition that involves a social network of individuals of different ages, residency status, class, and race.

Brad Kahlhamer: Swap Meet is organized by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and guest curated by Natasha Boas, Ph.D.

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