ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium is a BIPOC-led, community-curated program featuring art exhibitslive performancespresentationsworkshopsfilm screeningsartist talksartist opportunity tables and art marketWe are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.

ACES 2023 is a hybrid event, presented online and in person. 

May 20 + 21, 2023

12 pm - 7 pm


ACES is FREE to attend, with a suggested donation of $10.

ASL interpreters are available on-site and via Zoom.

Free childcare is provided on-site.

ACES is presented by Shunpike, in collaboration with 4Culture, Artist Trust, Arts Corps, ArtsWA, CD Forum, Golden Bricks Events, Ground Zero Radio, Langston Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Refuge Outdoor Festival, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Restored, Black Rock Spirits, Spokane Arts, The Vera Project, and Totem Star.
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Sunday, May 21 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Elon Musk; a legacy of colonialism from the Dutch Golden Age– technology, alternative currency, and why there will be art on Mars.

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Following the 80 years war, the seafaring merchants of the Dutch Republic would go on a campaign of successfully establishing trade routes and colonies around the globe. Subsequently, Dutch colonization would generate untold fortune through the exploitation of the resources and people of the global south. This explosion of dutch wealth would spur massive investments and advancements in science, technology, and economic systems, such as the creation of capitalism and the ledger-based currency, the Guilder. It also generated comparable advancements in art and opulence. Out of the Dutch Golden age, we see the emergence of masterworks of art by Vermeer, Franz Hals, and Rembrandt. Works from this time often depict far-off colonies, extravagant tablescapes, exotic botanicals, and wealthy merchant guilds. 

It is from the legacy of the Dutch empire that in 1971 Errol Musk, a capitalist emerald mine owner, and Maye Haldeman, a vogue model, would give birth to a son named Elon, in the capital of apartheid South Africa, a former Dutch Colony. Heralded as a self-made billionaire and genius of technological innovation, Elon Musk would go on to revolutionize digital monetary transactions and has set his sights on the colonization of mars.

This talk aims to contextualize Musk's “innovations” and capitalistic ventures against the backdrop of a legacy of Dutch colonialism and to explore the intersection of art, wealth, and, colonization, historically and into the future. Talking points include a primer on Dutch colonialism and the Dutch Golden Age, a discussion of Musk's recent partnership with Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to send artists to space, and Musk’s baby mama, the performer Grimes’ foray into NFT’s.  


“The governor, John Maurice of Nassau, invited artists and scientists to the colony to help promote Brazil and increase immigration” 

“The Dutch period in Brazil was "a historical parenthesis with few lasting traces" in the social sphere.[33] Dutch artistic production in Brazil, particularly by Albert Eckhout and Frans Post left an important visual record of the local people and places in the early 17th century” 

Dutch Brazil. (2022, October 25). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Brazil

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Scott Méxcal

Scott Méxcal he/him was born amidst the nopal and yucca on the bank of the Rio Grande river in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Scott's ancestors have lived along the river on both sides of what is today the Mexican/U.S border for countless generations. Scott is Chicano, descended from indigenous... Read More →

Sunday May 21, 2023 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - West Room