(RE)CLAIM: Indigenous Artists Reflect on Identity

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Dec 14 2018 - Jun 16 2019


For centuries, stories of Native American art and culture have often been told through a non-Native lens. Such non-Native narratives have frequently shaped perceptions about indigenous people, including beliefs held by some modern Americans.

In response, many contemporary indigenous artists endeavor to tell their own stories. Provocative, engaging, and often humorous, their art both establishes and reclaims their cultural narratives.

Many indigenous artists also create works that reflect how they negotiate their place within Native and non-Native communities. As Native people living in a country with a dominant non-Native culture, these artists examine the intersections of these distinct cultural worlds.

The selection of artists in this exhibition is representative of a larger community of contemporary Native artists working to assert Native perspectives and challenge misconceptions. Presented entirely through the artists’ own works and words, (RE)CLAIM shares their reflections on the always relevant question of identity.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website 
Image: Julie Buffalohead, born 1972, Ponca, living in Minnesota. The Trickster Showdown, 2014. Lithograph on paper, Image (left): 27 ½ x 21 7/8 inches; Image (right): 27 ½ x 33 7/8 inches; the two prints comprise a single work. Purchase: acquired through the generosity of Timothy B. and Jean Schmit, 2017.8.1,2
Image: Norman Akers, born 1958, Osage/Pawnee, living in Kansas. Dark Reign,  2014. Lithograph on paper, 20 ¾ x 16 ½ inches. Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the Print Society, 2017.9.
  • Various Media
  • Indigenous
  • Contemporary
  • Americas
  • Julie Buffalohead
  • Norman Akers
  • Will Wilson
  • Marcus Amerman
  • and others

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