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Indians in the Wilderness with Gregg Deal

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If Indigenous people are regarded at all in Western culture, we are often D-list players in  "greater" narratives that are based on building Colonialism up with a sense of benevolence. As Indigenous people gain ground carrying the mantle of equality, we make our mark upon the world. The art world is no different except that much of Indigenous existence is still held hostage by the stereotype and the romantic notions of our existence as it s regarded though a post-colonial world. Contemporary art is the means by which we assert authority over our image, and the importance of our stories. The  wilderness  of the art world is a world not meant for us, and yet we assert ourselves in these spaces as equals to other artists with stories the world has not heard. Artists like James Luna and mediums like performance art have been ground breaking with the reverberation of these works still shaking the artistic pillars of the western world informing new artists in the power of art and our Indigenous voices.


Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) is a provocative contemporary artist where much of Deal's work deals with challenging Western perception of Indigenous people, touching on issues of race, history and stereotype. With this work paintings, mural work, performance art, filmmaking and spoken word Deal critically examines issues and tells stories that affect Indian country such as decolonization and appropriation.

Most recently, a photograph of Deal was included in the 12.2018 National Geographic Society Magazine article  Native Americans are recasting views of indigenous life , has been Native Arts Artist-in-Residence at the Denver Art Museum in 2015-2016, and 2017 and Artist In Residence at UC Berkeley for the 2017-2018 school year. His art has been exhibited nationally since 2002. Deal has lectured widely at prominent educational institutions and museums, including: Denver Art Museum, Denver, C.O.; Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.; Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. His television appearances have included PBS's The Art District,  The Daily Show .





Please join us starting at 6:00pm for a small reception outside the auditorium.

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