Special Issue "Native Survivance and Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Visual and Material Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (12 July 2019).
Interests: nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art; Native American and Indigenous visual culture; art and politics
Interests: Indigenous history; museum studies; commemoration and public memory; native American cultural production; public history; Ho-Chunk tribal history
The last several years have marked a surge in public awareness of Indigenous culture and politics in North America. At the same time, large-scale protests of corporate and government aggression against Native peoples have gained national attention, dominant cultural institutions have begun to break their long silence about Indigenous art. In 2017, Art Journal and Art in America published Special Issues devoted to contemporary Indigenous art, highlighting messages of survivance (Indigenous survival and resistance), resilience, and visual sovereignty. What has gone underrecognized is that these concepts and strategies find their roots in the visual and material culture produced by Indigenous artists working in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Historical Indigenous art production has been long understood through the lenses of Euro-American patronage and cross-cultural accommodation. Recently, scholars have productively challenged these conventional and often pacifying narratives by highlighting Indigenous aesthetic, cultural, and political agency in the face of aggressive colonialism.
This Special Issue is focused on Indigenous visual and material culture produced during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and features a diverse group of Native and non-Native scholars and artists from the academy, museums, and Indigenous cultural centers. The papers highlight how Indigenous peoples have mobilized images and objects in order to transform, accommodate, revise, and resist dominant structures, asserting their right to self-representation, self-determination, and/or self-governance. The legacy of nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists' efforts reverberates in the thriving and vibrant contemporary Indigenous art scene.
Dr. Sascha T. Scott
Dr. Amy Lonetree
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Indigenous visual and material culture
- Indigenous art
- nineteenth century
- twentieth century
- visual sovereignty
- art history, museology, history, anthropology