Savages & Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes
November 10, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Join the Museum Center for this traveling exhibit organized by the Mid-American Arts Alliance, which explores, through the work of indigenous artists, the various themes of stereotyping of Native Americans in mainstream and pop culture.
This traveling exhibition brings together twelve contemporary Native American visual artists who reclaim their right to represent their identities as Native Americans. Recognizing that stereotypes often occur without conscious awareness, the exhibition includes information that explores common stereotypes about Native peoples that are falsehoods, followed by the truths behind them. The exhibition’s artists use the unexpected—humor, emotion, or shock—to encourage viewers to question and challenge stereotypes, even unspoken, unacknowledged ones.
Visit the museum’s webpage for more information, and a full calendar of events.
An opening reception and panel discussion with some featured artists is November 10, 6:30-8:30pm.
Humanities Tennessee provided partial support for this project.