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EXHIBIT OPENING: [Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed

March 30, 2019 all-day
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S Tejon St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Exhibit Opening: [Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is excited to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, [Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed

The exhibit will include dozens of pictorialist photographs of American Indians taken by Roland Reed in the early twentieth century. Reed saw himself as both an artist and an ethnographer; his images are strikingly beautiful but deeply problematic. Reed constructed romantic scenes that situated American Indians in an imagined past versus contemporary reality. The exhibit will encourage visitors to examine the role “retrospective photography” plays in shaping our understanding of American Indians. To accomplish this goal, the CSPM is honored to work with Gregg Deal, Pyramid Lake Paiute, an extraordinary artist whose work challenges misconceptions of indigenous people and asks viewers to reexamine stereotypes. [Dis]Information will include original artwork and commentary by Gregg Deal in addition to contemporary American Indian photographs alongside historic images that celebrate the power and beauty of photography while challenging the assumptions of viewers. [Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed will run from March 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020.

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2 Responses to “EXHIBIT OPENING: [Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed”

  1. Ward Cheney Says:

    As a non-Native native of Colorado Springs, I wish I could see this exhibit, particularly Greg Deal’s work and the photographs of Native peoples. My wife and I are far away, and we will probably not be able to see it.

    I found this announcement for the exhibit online, while searching for photographs of American Indians in Colorado Springs, particularly a couple of contemporary images I came across a few days ago.

    I cannot remember, growing up on the edge of the Plains and later in the Springs, ever meeting or knowing a Native person. All this despite over ten thousand years and more of people traveling through and inhabiting this area.

  2. Judy Zezula Says:

    Hello Mr. Cheney,

    Thank you for providing your reflections on growing up in Colorado Springs relative to our upcoming exhibit – [Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed. We’re sorry you won’t be coming to the exhibit because of the distance; however, we want to let you know that we will eventually film the exhibition and make it available on our website later this year. Thank you again for comments.

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