Current Exhibits

Contemporary Indigeneity

Contemporary Indigeneity


JUNE 1 - JULY 27

The museum's Native American juried show returns for another year. The exhibition includes more than 40 works by individuals whose work expresses the texture of Native American life in the Great Plains today. Exhibited works were selected by a jury with $5,000 in awards chosen by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and visitors to the museum voted for the "Viewer's Choice" award.

The museum hosted a special First Friday exhibit opening on June 6 from 5-7 p.m. On June 7, join wood carver Gary Monaco held a free workshop held at the Great Plains Art Museum from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Open now, lower-level gallery

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Western was one of the most popular genres of silent film. It has since developed through many revivals from the Classic Westerns of the forties to the Spaghetti and Contemporary Westerns of the sixties and seventies. It provided action, scenic settings, and colorful uniforms and costumes. The Western movie symbolizes man's conquest of the wilderness in the name of civilization and confiscation of the territorial rights of the original inhabitants of the frontier, Native Americans. These films play an important role in shaping ethnic and national identities, and create and perpetuate national stereotypes. Although we might not agree with the depictions of Native Americans in westerns, understanding Hollywood's as America's stereotype of these people is true of its time period. Unfortunately, this stereotypical image from Hollywood served as the iconic Native American for everyone who lived mid-20th century though many earlier films were far from accurate. This exhibition showcases five elements of a western film shown through the lens of our permanent collection.