Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes June 25, 2022 - October 16, 2022 3rd Floor Gallery
Stereotypes of Native American peoples are ubiquitous and familiar. The exhibition Savages and Princess: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes brings together twelve contemporary Native American visual artists who reclaim their right to represent their identities as Native Americans. Whether using humor, subtlety, or irony, the telling is always fiercely honest and dead-on. Images and styles are created from traditional, contemporary, and mass culture forms.
The exhibition intends to counteract the disappearance of Native portrayals. It embraces Native Americans’ power to replace stereotypical images that permeate the current pop culture landscape. Recognizing that stereotypes often occur without conscious awareness, the exhibition includes didactic information that explores common stereotypes about Native peoples that are falsehoods, followed by the truths behind them. The exhibition’s artists use the unexpected—humor, emotion, or shock—to encourage viewers to question and challenge stereotypes, even unspoken, unacknowledged ones.
Originally presented at Tulsa’s 108|Contemporary in 2016, this exhibition is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.
VERBAL DESCRIPTIONS OF WORKS FROM SAVAGES AND PRINCESSES
Verbal descriptions use precise language to convey the visual experience of artworks. Developed for people who are blind or have low vision, verbal descriptions are valuable for all visitors who seek an in-depth exploration of specific artworks.
This playlist presents descriptions and contextual information for all artworks from the exhibition Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes.
SPONSORS This activity is funded in part by grants from the Lake Region Arts Council and the MN State Arts Board through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation. This activity is funded by The Arts Partnership, with support from the cities of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo, and from Sanford Health.