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Contemporary Indigeneity art

Contemporary Indigeneity

The New Art of the Great Plains
June 1 - July 27

This exhibition represents the multifaceted art practiced in the Great Plains. Artists in the exhibit come from many walks of life and are connected to the region in just as many ways. Today, these Great Plains artists struggle to maintain cultural diversity and traditional practices. In an attempt to discredit stereotypes of mediocrity and faded traditions, the artworks produced show the strong will and uniqueness of many of the Great Plains cultures. In the last century, the face of the plains has drastically changed – and more so in the last 50 years. The same scars found on the land can also be found within the people that continue to live here. A question of identity has become complicated for both individuals and whole cultures, both Native American and Non-Native. The work of the artist is important in illustrating the concerns of the people when words alone can’t carry the message. Each artwork in the exhibition tells the story of both contemporary artists exploring new ways to represent plains culture and old traditions that link with the pulse of the Great Plains. What is strongest in these works is their inherent link to the land and the people that continue to make the Great Plains their home.

Current Exhibits
Cinematic Framing of the West

Cinematic Framing of the West

Inspired by western film
Through February 2015

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.

Future exhibits