Indigenous Art, Pop Mythologies

Todd Richardson (University of Nebraska, Omaha)

While Nebraska is home to many Native tribes, most were dislocated and forcibly removed by American settler colonialism. Consequently, the diversity, sophistication and intelligence of contemporary Native culture is not as visible there as it should be. Through 49 Minutes of Fame, an exhibition shown at the National Willa Cather Center, and The Art of Tom Farris, an exhibit at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the present inhabitants of Nebraska interacted with contemporary work by the original inhabitants of the region, work that, as often as not, speaks through the shared mythology of popular culture.

Part of 05-03 New Engagements with Museums and Monuments, Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm