Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 6:30pm7:30pm.
Hamilton Building - lower level Sharp Auditorium DenverCO
Ticketed with member discount
Call 720-913-0130, or buy online.

Indians in the Wilderness


“If Indigenous people are regarded at all in Western culture, we are often D-list players in 'greater' narratives that are based on building Colonialism up with a sense of benevolence,” says artist Gregg Deal.

“As Indigenous people gain ground carrying the mantle of equality, we make our mark upon the world. The art world is no different except that much of Indigenous existence is still held hostage by the stereotype and the romantic notions of our existence as it’s regarded through a post-colonial world.

“Contemporary art is the means by which we assert authority over our image, and the importance of our stories. The ‘wilderness’ of the art world is a world not meant for us, and yet we assert ourselves in these spaces as equals to other artists with stories the world has not heard.

"Artists like James Luna and mediums like performance art have been groundbreaking with the reverberation of these works still shaking the artistic pillars of the western world, informing new artists in the power of art and our Indigenous voices.”

Doors open at 5:50 pm. There will be a small reception outside the auditorium at 6 pm.

Tickets are $5 Friends of Native Arts members, $10 DAM members, $12 nonmembers, free for students.

For further details, contact or 720-913-0162.

Artist Bio

Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) is a provocative contemporary artist. Much of Deal’s work deals with challenging Western perceptions of Indigenous people, touching on issues of race, history, and stereotype. With his work—paintings, mural work, performance art, filmmaking, and spoken word—Deal critically examines issues and tells stories that affect Indian country such as decolonization and appropriation.

Most recently, a photograph of Deal was included in the December 2018 National Geographic Society Magazine article, “Native Americans are recasting views of indigenous life.” He was Native Arts Artist-in-Residence at the Denver Art Museum in 2015-2016 and 2017 and Artist-In-Residence at UC Berkeley for the 2017-2018 school year. His art has been exhibited nationally since 2002.

Deal has lectured widely at prominent educational institutions and museums, including the Denver Art Museum; Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.; and Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. His television appearances have included PBS’s The Art District and The Daily Show.