Thawing the Frozen Indian: Brown University's new anthro exhibit
The panel reads:
We have organized our research into three categories: racist stereotypes, mass-produced cultural appropriations, and contemporary Native art. In this last and final section we provide examples of the "unfrozen Indian," art that combines the tradition and modern in Native American life today.
I also loved that they had glass pens to allow visitors to add their thoughts--directly on the cases themselves!
Perhaps because it's student-curated, this exhibit seems more up-to-date. The students are familiar with the Native Appropriations blog; they quoted Keene and included the Urban Outfitters and Mariah Watchman controversies.
They also used comments from Facebook, which is an approach I haven't seen used before. As those of us who read and write blogs know, some of the best insights come from online exchanges.
Anyway, it sounds like a good exhibit, and perhaps a sign of things to come. Namely, more exhibits from non-professionals that engage people with today's issues in today's voices.
For more on museum exhibits, see Truth vs. Twilight and NMAI Plans "Complete Reinstallation."