Ty Defoe

New York

Ty Defoe


Ty Defoe (Giizhig), Oneida/ Ojibwe Nations is a writer, interdisciplinary artist, and Grammy Award winner. Ty aspires to an interweaving and glitterizing approach to artistic projects with social justice, indigeneity, indiqueering, and environmentalism. Ty’s global cultural arts highlights include the Millennium celebration in Cairo, Egypt; Ankara, Turkey, International Music Festival; and Festival of World Cultures in Dubai. He has won the Global Indigenous Heritage Festival Award, a Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence, and Jonathan Larson Award.

Works created and authored: River of Stone, Red Pine, The Way They Lived, Ajijaak on Turtle Island, Hear Me Say My Name. They are the co-founder of Indigenous Direction and a core member of All My Relations Collective’s, ‘GIZHIBAA GIIZHIG | Revolving Sky’. Ty also appeared on the Netflix show; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Broadway debut in Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men.

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This year at Prelude, we are trying out

chain curating!

Maura Garcia

David Mendizábal

Ty Defoe

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Ancestor Dances

Monday, 25 October 2021

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Ancestor Dances

Inspired by the tales, movements, habits and gestures of 7 of Maura's recently deceased ancestors.


Maura García


Segal Talk: Chain Curation Thread 2

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

12pm ET


Segal Talk: Chain Curation Thread 2

In conversation with New York based artists and curators that comprise the second chain in our chain curation programming this year.


Declan Zhang, Sivan Battat, Mariam Bazeed, Stefa Marin Alarcon

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