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Exhibition Detail
Alternative Accounts: Plains Indian Ledger Art from the 19th Century to Now
1450 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101


December 15th, 2012 - May 28th, 2013
Opening: 
December 15th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
Unknown Lakota Child (Rosebud, South Dakota), Black Tailed Deer Dreamer,
Unknown Lakota Child (Rosebud, South Dakota), Black Tailed Deer Dreamer,
1890, Colored Pencil on Sketchbook Paper
© Courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art
Sioux versus Crow fights finally end, Sioux versus Crow fights finally end,
2009, Colored pencil and pen on ledger paper
© Courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art
Budweiser Killed More Indians than Custer, Budweiser Killed More Indians than Custer,
2010, ink and colored pencils
© Courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art
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Alternative Accounts: Plains Indian Ledger Art from the 19th Century to Now focuses on works created by Plains Indians that reveals a transitional form of artistry whose roots lie deeply seeded in ancient tradition. Mad with techniques once used to paint on buffalo skins, these works on ledger paper reveal the prevailing artistic traditions of these people.  Reflected in these works is the changing reality of Native American life, from memories of ceremonial grandeur to the effects of mass-relocation and reservation living.  Alternative Accounts offers a rare look at the counter-narrative of America, told through the drawings of its original inhabitants in the face of colonization. This exhibition has been curated by 15 students enrolled in the Representing Native America course at the University of California, San Diego, and is led by Ross Frank, Associate Professor of the Ethnic Studies Department, and Teri Sowell, Visual Arts Department.


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