Difficult History: Owning the Western Myth
July 21 @ 10:00 am - December 4 @ 3:00 pm$10
The works in this exhibit, on display in the King Gallery, considers how artwork can shape our opinions of people and history. The myth of the American West is the longest-lived of American myths, with origins in the colonial period and a continuing presence in contemporary culture. Photographers and artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, had Indigenous people dress in regalia and pose for re-creations of romantic scenes.
Traditional Western art is considered to be a “narrative” art form – in other words, the works tell a story. As viewers look at these works of art, they should consider whether or not they are perpetuating stereotypes about American Indians.
Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children, seniors 65+, and military. Members free. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 12 PM & 1PM – 3PM. Patrons must wear masks and reserve their time slot in advance at www.sdc-arts.org.