Contemporary Traces on Ancient Land


DATES: February 9 - April 20, 2019

RECEPTION: February 8th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Visiting Info


Contemporary Traces on Ancient Land features the work of Merecedes Dorame, Catherine Herrera, Pamela J. Peters, Cara Romero, and Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. These artists explore contemporary native identities looking at the historical impact of colonialism and its current manifestations that have impacted their communities’ connections to culture, traditions, and land. The title Contemporary Traces on Ancient Land grounds this exhibition in the reality that Native communities are diverse, complex, and evolving, while also acknowledging their rich history as the original inhabitants of this land. It is critical to understand the brutal legacy of colonization in the present time on Native communities straying from reductive narratives often imposed on them or framing their history solely around colonization presuming that it manifests itself in the same way for all Native peoples.

This exhibition is presented in conversation with Out of Tradition: Sacred & Profane on view at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, CA from January 11 - June 15, 2019.