Symposium- Breaking the Chains: The Legacy of Oscar Howe

Friday April 14

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3:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

In this one-and-a-half-day event, artists will join academic and community scholars to explore ideas about Oscar Howe’s life and legacy introduced in the Dakota Modern exhibition and book. Speakers will discuss the role of cultural authority in Howe’s practice as well as his art in relation to Native American politics. Other topics include the impact of Howe’s work as an educator through the summer workshop for Native students he founded, and the ongoing expression of his legacy through the work of Dakota and Lakota artists today. The symposium will begin with an inspiring keynote lecture by Lakota artist Dyani White Hawk the evening of April 14.


Registration for this symposium includes entry to all symposium lectures and programs, general Museum admissions for April 14-16, coffee and light refreshments and a box lunch during the symposium. Registrants will receive an email requesting dietary preferences and access needs.