Process and Paper in Contemporary Native American Art

Curated by Dr. Lesley Wolff
School of Art Landmark Gallery
Exhibition has been extended through May 17, 2020.

Dolores Purdy

Above: Dolores Purdy, Let's Get 'Em, 2019, color pencil and India ink on antique, turn-of-the 19th Century ledger paper from the district court of Osage County, Kansas, 13 x 15.5 inches.

This group exhibition features seven Native American artists whose work in printmaking, drawing, and collage/assemblage asks us to explore, in medium and message, the depths of selfhood, community, and modernity in our world today. The artists in this exhibition have approached the seemingly irreconcilable tensions of past/present, insider/outsider and Native/Western from distinct vantage points, each questioning how historical circumstances shape our contemporary fields of vision and attitudes toward culture and identity. Though distinct in their techniques and styles, these artists all share in the common goals of environmental and social justice, cultural awareness, and a desire to disrupt entrenched Eurocentric narratives about artistic production and Native identity in the modern world.

Artists in the exhibition include: Neal Ambrose-Smith, Deborah Jojola, Michael McCabe, Mikayla Patton, Dolores Purdy, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, and Melanie Yazzie.

Take a 14 minute virtual walk-through the exhibition with commentary provided by curator Dr. Lesley Wolff.

Click here to view the exhibition booklet.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with INDIGENEITY: The 52nd Annual Comparative Literature Symposium, presented March 5th-7th.

In an ongoing effort to cultivate dialogue and awareness about the complex, traumatic, and often violent truths of our history, we acknowledge the sacred grounds on which we stand, the traditional homelands of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the Comanche Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, and the Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, and we honor their elders and community members past and present.

Other related exhibits and presentations:

Warrior Women (2018) screened at LHUCA on Saturday, March 7th during the Indigeneity Symposium. Click for details.

Sesenta y Ocho Voces/Sesenta y Ocho Corazones
68 Voices/68 Hearts

Presented in the Art Building Folio Gallery
February 17th - March 15th.