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Misunderstood! Indigenous Art and Poetry as Political Resistance

October 4-December 29, 2019


Misunderstood! features poems and artworks ranging from 1894 to 2017. As these works demonstrate, Native artists and writers have grappled with the same misperceptions of their communities for more than 100 years. These texts and images draw attention to neglected and curated histories about Native peoples in order to secure a better future. This is exhibited through the following themes: Stereotype Threat, Undoing History, Proud to Be an American, and Love/d.

Together, the Native voices in this exhibition demand of the viewer the same thing: “Please don’t let us be misunderstood.”    

Joe Jaqua (U.S., Mission, b. 1938) "This is Tomorrow," 1974

Exhibition Events

November 16

Misunderstood! Poetry Reading
1-3 p.m. in the Mezzanine
This poetry reading is intended to give audiences a chance to interact with the poetry and art of Misunderstood! in a new and more intimate way. Several poems will be read aloud by different individuals, all from Oklahoma, who have a personal connection to the material in this exhibit. With poems ranging from 1894 to 2019, the reading will cover a large timeframe of works with poets all tired of being misunderstood.