Art + Society

Our small gallery space is dedicated to multi-media work focused on race and ethnicity.

Native Re-Appropriations:
Contemporary Indigenous Artists

September 21, 2015 - May 2016

The prevailing images that we see of Native Americans are often antiquated stereotypes and do not reflect the diversity, vibrancy, or modernity of Native peoples. "Native inspired" trends and images are everywhere: in popular culture, fashion, hollywood, and music, and conversations about cultural appropriation have become more mainstream. Yet Native voices are largely absent. This exhibit at CSREA is curated by Adrienne Keene, CSREA/Anthropology Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow who has been a visible public voice on these issues, and brings together five Indigenous artists who directly engage the politics of Native representations, cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and invisibility: Nani Chacon (Navajo/Chicana), Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute), Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw), Jared Yazzie (Navajo), and Sierra Edd (Navajo, Brown '18). These artists use traditional forms, playful humor, and recognizable pop culture icons to confront, reshape, and represent Indigenous identity in the 21st century. 

Racial Microaggressions + Microaffirmations
October 2014 - May 2015

Photographs of Brown community members sharing their experiences with racial microaggressions and microaffirmations. This exhibit is part of a broader movement to help make visible the reality and negative impact of racial microaggressions on building a just community.  


At Work in the Archive
March 11 - May 23, 2014

Shawn Michelle Smith studies photographic archives of race, calling attention to their blind spots and absences as well as their spectacles. Working with historical photographs from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries, she manipulates and transforms them in order to explore how we see and understand race in the United States.

September 25, 2013 - February 25, 2014

From the criminalization of migrants through deportation to the undocumented and queer intersectionality, this collection of posters explores different aspects of the immigrant experience. All of the artists in this collection  are part of CultureStrike, a national network of professional and emerging artists, social change experts, and creative producers who are advancing progressive change in immigration through cultural organizing. The organization's mission is to work towards a society that recognizes and embraces migration and migrant experiences.