Jul 06, 2024




Sculpture & Architecture Park

On view July 6 through September 3, 2024.

This summer, Art Omi will premiere a new body of work by Nathan Young (Delaware/Kiowa/Pawnee) that includes scores and a set of reimagined flags, inspired by the iconography of the Native American Church and symbolism of peyotism, a medicine and sacrament in the church. Central to the project is a new series of event scores titled Tune It Or Die! (2024). Musicalizing both motorcycles and dirt bikes, their revving engines will become a new noise piece, continuing Young’s interest in Indigenous sonic agency and in unnerving frequencies with insurrectionary potential. The work’s title comes from a patch rumored to have been worn by La Monte Young, the seminal minimalist composer, who Brian Eno described as “daddy of us all.”  

Summer Season Opening Party
SAT, JUL 6┃5-8 PM

Nathan Young: Tune It Or Die! Opening During the Summer Season Opening Party
Free and open to the public.
Advanced registration appreciated.



Nathan Young’s (born 1975, Tahlequah, OK) multi-media practice is anchored in sound. An artist, composer, and scholar, his work takes a collaborative and community-oriented approach to place making while working across sound, video, animation, and experimental music, among other genres. Focusing on the convergence of spiritual and political realms, Young investigates Indigenous histories and his work often complicates notions of the sublime.

Nathan co-founded the artist collective Postcommodity and holds an MFA in Music/Sound from Bard College’s Milton-Avery School of the Arts. Young is a PhD Candidate in the University of Oklahoma’s Native American Art History Doctoral program where his scholarship is focused on Indigenous sonic agency. Nathan’s work has been supported by Creative Capital, The Tulsa Artist Fellowship, The George Kaiser Family Foundation, The Pew Foundation, and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation as well as the Tribeca Film Institute and the Sundance Institute. He is the recipient of the 2024 John Cage Award by the Foundation for Contemporary Art. 

Young’s work has been exhibited widely, including Cowboy at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO (2023); Shine On—We Haunt You (Ear/Wave/Event Journal, 2021); Sonic Agency (Canadian Art Magazine, 2021); Activation/Transformation I, The Wheelwright Museum of American Indian Art, Sante Fe, NM (2021); Welcome to Lenapehoking, Performance Space, New York, NY (2018); and Night Music of the Southern Plains American Indian, Kansas City Art Institute Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, Kansas City, MO (2018).

Young is an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and is also a direct descendent of the Pawnee Nation and Kiowa Tribe. Young formerly served as an elected member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians Tribal Council.

Nathan Young: Tune It Or Die! is curated by Sara O’Keeffe, Art Omi Senior Curator, with Guy Weltchek, Art Omi Curatorial Assistant.