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Illustrating Agency

Illustrating Agency

This installation highlights the ways in which Native artists have increasingly asserted agency—the exertion of one’s own power—over representations of their communities and identities over time. In the early 20th century, white arts educators encouraged Native artists to create “authentic” art—as defined by settlers—that embraced traditional subject matter while often neglecting present realities. In the decades that followed, generations of artists have shrugged off settler expectations by depicting their community on their own terms. Such work illustrates the modern Native experience, problematizes harmful stereotypes, and pointedly challenges outsider understandings of Indigenous identity.

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Saturday, July 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Repeats weekly Sunday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and Saturday -- until Sunday December 1, 2024 -- except Wednesday June 19, 2024, Thursday July 4, 2024, Thursday November 28, 2024.


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