April 14, 2016

savages and princesses: the persistence of native american stereotypes


Shan Goshorn (Vessel)

August 5 – September 25, 2016

Curated by America Meredith, Savages and Princesses brings together sixteen contemporary Native American visual artists from Oklahoma who reclaim their right to represent their own reality 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.

This work represents an ongoing visual lexicon created by Native artists. The artists represented in this exhibition are as follows:

Anita Fields (Osage-Muscogee), ceramic artist, Stillwater, OK

April Holder (Sac & Fox-Wichita-Tonkawa), mixed media artist, Shawnee, OK

Benjamin Harjo, Jr. (Absentee Shawnee-Seminole), painter, sculptor Oklahoma City, OK

Heidi BigKnife (Shawnee Tribe), jeweler, Tulsa, OK

Hoka Skenandore (Oneida-Oglala Lakota-Luiseño), mixed media artist, Shawnee, OK

Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche), sculptor, Lawton, OK

Karin Walkingstick (Cherokee Nation), ceramic artist,  Claremore, OK

Kenny Glass (Wyandotte-Cherokee), textile artist, regalia maker, Wyandotte, OK

K. H. Poole (Caddo-Delaware), draftsperson, Oklahoma City, OK

Marcus Amerman (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), beadwork artist,  Kooskia, ID

Matthew Bearden (Potawatomi-Kickapoo), mixed media artist, painter Tulsa, OK

Mel Cornshucker (United Keetoowah Band), ceramic artist, Tulsa, OK

Micah Wesley ((Muscogee-Kiowa), mixed media artist, Norman, OK

Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee), photography, basket weaver, Tulsa, OK

Tom Farris (Otoe-Missouria-Cherokee), mixed media artist, Norman, OK

Zach Presley (Chickasaw), collage and digital artist, Durant, OK

This exhibition is intended to counteract the disappearance of Native portrayals. It embraces their power to replace stereotypical images created by others that permeate the current pop culture landscape. 

Miss the exhibition? Download the exhibition catalogue here.

This exhibition was made possible with funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.