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Cross Currents November 22 - February 8, 2014
The artists of Cross Currents represent the spirit of innovation by blending elements found in traditional Native American art with meaning and strategies born of 21st century artmaking, adding unique voices to the visual language of today. From this platform they present new possibilities for understanding the complexities of cultural identity from the varied perspective of individuals with different indigenous backgrounds. Acts of misrepresentation and appropriation of traditional symbols propagated by mass media are confronted head-on, while declarations of individuality, rejecting labels and stereotypes, offer new models of self-ascribed cultural identification.
Artists: Cannupahanska, Nicholas Galanin, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Merritt Johnson, Sarah Ortegon, Wendy Red Star, Sarah Sense, Marie Watt, Will Wilson
IMAGE: Merritt Johnson, “Emergency Mantle for Diplomatic Security and Near Invisibility” (detail), mixed media, 2013
View the exhibition catalog here.
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