Date(s) - January 28, 2020 - December 17, 2021
12:00 am - 6:00 pm
“An act of survivance is Indigenous self-expression in any medium that tells a story about our active presence in the world now.”
— Gerald Vizenor
Survivance is a term coined by Anishinaabe scholar Gerald Vizenor to describe how Indigenous people have not only survived but actively resisted the ongoing pressures of settler colonialism in North America. Art is essential to survivance, as Indigenous artists have long fashioned objects that tell their stories and assert their agency to create. This exhibit, curated by students in Art 317: Native North American Art History, highlights historical and contemporary Native art from the museum’s permanent collection. Students contacted Native artists and other knowledge bearers in an effort to ensure accurate and respectful interpretations of the art on display. Aided as well by secondary sources and class discussions, our study resulted first in research papers on each object, then in this exhibition. We invite you to join us in studying these powerful expressions of Indigenous survivance, and to join the growing dialogue around Indigenous histories and futures in North America.