MARQUETTE, Mich.— The DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University will host a solo exhibition titled “Erica Lord: simulacrum & subversion.” The opening reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. Lord will also participate in a free artist’s talk at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in room 165 of the Art and Design building. Both events are open to the public.

Lord, whose heritage is Athabaskan/Iñupiaq, was born in Alaska. Abiding by her cultural tradition of nomadic living, she spent the rest of her years bouncing both physically and metaphorically between her home village in Alaska and the Finnish-American nucleus of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Lord is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the ideas and concepts that grow from the experience of living with a multi-faced identity. She “explores race, ethnicity, gender and memory, hoping that through generous doses of narcissism, she will find answers.”

Lord has exhibited in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Carl N. Gorman Museum and the Schopf Gallery on Lake in Chicago. She received a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in 2001 and an MFA in sculpture/photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches in the art department at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

This exhibition and related programming are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lord’s works will be on display through Feb. 14. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends.

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