Native Re-Appropriations: Contemporary Indigenous Artists, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University

Fall Reception + Exhibit Opening 

Please join us as we gather with friends and colleagues
to celebrate a new year, welcome new fellows, and open our 2015-2016 exhibit!

Monday, September 21, 2015
CSREA, 80 Brown Street, 3rd Floor

Native Re-Appropriations: 
Contemporary Indigenous Artists

The prevailing images that we see of Native Americans are often antiquated stereotypes and do not reflect the diversity, vibrancy, or modernity of Native peoples. “Native inspired” trends and images are everywhere: in popular culture, fashion, hollywood, and music, and conversations about cultural appropriation have become more mainstream. Yet Native voices are largely absent.

This exhibit at CSREA is curated by Adrienne Keene, CSREA/Anthropology Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow who has been a visible public voice on these issues, and brings together five Indigenous artists who directly engage the politics of Native representations, cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and invisibility: Nani Chacon (Navajo/Chicana), Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute), Steven Paul Judd(Kiowa/Choctaw), Jared Yazzie (Navajo), and Sierra Edd ’18 (Navajo).

​These artists use traditional forms, playful humor, and recognizable pop culture icons to confront, reshape, and represent Indigenous identity in the 21st century.

Image: Gregg Deal, “Indigenous Beauty”

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