Enter the Matrix: Indigenous Printmakers joins work from the museum’s permanent collection with work on loan from private collections such as Crow’s Shadow Institute (Oregon), Melanie Yazzie (Colorado), and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The exhibition explores how printmaking has become a matrix for cultural and artistic exchange, the critical sites of engagement, and key figures. In recent decades, printmaking has become a medium facilitating global cultural exchange for indigenous artists. Historically, for tribal communities, paper has been used as a weapon of cultural dominance, manifesting dispossession of lands and forced cultural assimilation. For indigenous artists, using paper as a medium for artistic expression manifests paper as a tool for self-determination, fostering dialogue about culture and identity, contributing to cultural survival.
A public lecture and opening reception will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 4. Museum Association members and their guests are invited to a private preview at 6 p.m.
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