Spirit in the Land
Opening February 16, 2023
4 PM Live Taping of Modern Art Notes podcast with Tyler Green and artist Monique Verdin
5:30 PM Film Screening: My Louisiana Love featuring Monique Verdin
6:30 PM Cash Bar: DJ Ver and light reception
My Louisiana Love (2012, directed by Sharon Linezo Hong, 57 minutes) follows artist Monique Verdin as she returns to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Indian family. But soon she sees that her people’s traditional way of life—fishing, trapping and hunting in these fragile wetlands–is threatened by a cycle of man-made environmental crises. The documentary shows Monique’s turn to activism after Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. The film is a personal reflection on the complex and uneven relationship between the oil industry and the Indigenous community of the Mississippi Delta.
This film complements the exhibition Spirit in the Land, which features work by Monique Verdin.