Smart Bets: Henry Niese

American contemporary art pioneer Henry Niese has work in the Whitney Museum and The Corcoran Gallery. His friends include Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and William Carlos Williams. Niese has also immersed himself in the Lakota Sioux culture and its Sundance tradition. That ceremony takes place over four days and involves fasting, personal sacrifice and, in some cases, ritual piercing. In his new book, The Medicine is Sacred (published by local press Logosophia), Niese — who, at 89, still participates in Sundances — describes the rituals and offers a glimpse into the spiritual practice. He reads at Malaprop’s on Sunday, June 8, at 3 p.m.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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