Decolonizing Photography with Wendy Red Star: Lecture at the DAM

Denver Art Museum Ponti (North) Building: Lower Level

Wednesday, March 22nd from 7-8pm

  • Social Hour at Mad Beans from 5:30-6:30pm (Across from the DAM Hamilton Building)
  • $5 Friends of Native Arts members, $10 for DAM members and $12 for others, free for students with ID
  • 720.913.0130 for tickets or buy online:
  • Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society, a DAM support group
Wendy Red Star, Pretty Medicine Pipe & Old Crow (1873 Crow Delegation), 2017
Pigment print on silver rag; 9x10 in. ©Wendy Red Star

Historical photography of Native people is widespread and many of these images become iconic and appropriated as part of American popular culture. But what is missing from our understanding of these photographs?

In this talk, artist Wendy Red Star will discuss the evolution of her Crow history project, and its relation to the documentation of the 1873 and 1880 Crow delegations, and representations of Crow Chiefs. Through her artistic intervention and annotation, her presentation will also address issues of identity, representation, and reclamation, as well as the relationships of this project to contemporary Native America.

Artist Wendy Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star's work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance.

An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty, and unsettling. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral to her practice, along with creating a forum for the expression of Native women's voices in contemporary art.


Please join us from 5:30PM to 6:30PM at Mad Beans which is located in Mad Greens in the Martin Plaza directly across from the Hamilton Building of the DAM. We will provide some light appetizers and Mad Beans will have a cash bar (wine, beer, tea, coffee). Then we will head over to the North Building for the program. We hope that people will enjoy this chance to socialize before the programs and that the later starting time of the program will be more accommodating to those who have to get off of work and travel to the programs.

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