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Jimmie Durham
Date: American sculptor, performance artist, and video artist, born 1940
Biography: Jimmie Durham’s early political activism with the American Indian Movement informed his artistic practice and the materials and concepts explored in his sculpture. Durham was born in Washington, Arkansas in 1940 and is a Native American of Cherokee descent. In 1968, he began study at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva and with three other artists, formed the Draga group. In 1973, he returned to the United States and became an organizer for the American Indian Movement. His involvement with Native American rights continued until a return to art making in 1980. He moved back to Europe in 1994 and has continued to explore cultural politics in his artistic practice. Durham has published widely and his work in included in the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Tate Modern, among many others.