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  • Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson, Creation and her children, 2017, mixed media, 62 × 84 × 74".

    Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson, Creation and her children, 2017, mixed media, 62 × 84 × 74".

    Nicholas Galanin

    Law Warschaw Gallery, Macalester College

    On-screen, a break-dancer’s fluid movements rhythmically align with a Tlingit song. When voice and drumbeat end, club music takes over and accompanies a Tlingit dancer’s slow, circling steps. This pair of videos, Tsu Héidei Shugaxtutaan I and II, both 2006—whose titles translate to “We Will Again Open This Container of Wisdom That Has Been Left in Our Care”—epitomized Nicholas Galanin’s interest in remixing cultural references and bridging the past and present. The title of his recent exhibition, “Everything We’ve Ever Been, Everything We Are Right Now,” suggested an expansive view of ever-emergent

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