Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds. Surviving Active Shooter Custer. 2018

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds Surviving Active Shooter Custer 2018

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 215

The term “active shooter” is one we hear too often in today’s news. Here, Heap of Birds uses this contemporary phrase to characterize massacres committed by United States troops against Native Americans in the 1800s. Each of this work’s panels contains six lines of text evoking the violence of not only this country’s history but ongoing acts of oppression against Indigenous communities. The prints on the right are “ghost prints” of those on the left, made by using the residual ink remaining on the printing plate after the first print was produced. For the artist, these prints recall the “ghosts of a whole culture.”

Gallery label from 2021
Monotype on forty-eight sheets
sheet (each): 30 × 22" (76.2 × 55.9 cm); overall: 90 × 352" (228.6 × 894.1 cm)
Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds
Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds
Acquired through the generosity of Agnes Gund, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, the Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Linda Goldstein, Maud I. Welles and Marnie Pillsbury.
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© Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds. Courtesy of the artist.
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