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Shared Ideologies

From the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary
Haley Gallery
May 9, 2024
- August 3, 2024

On generous loan from the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., Shared Ideologies is an exhibition of selected works by Native American artists from the 1970s to the present.

It offers visitors an opportunity to engage in a sociopolitical dialogue about the space between history and memory. Shared Ideologies invites viewers into a dialogue with indigenous artists on themes that recenter master narratives of history and amplify both pan-Indian and tribally specific experiences while pondering a path to a shared future.

This exhibition is organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary. Dr. Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, Curator of Native American art at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, curated Shared Ideologies. When this exhibition was originally shown Sept 1, 2021 – Feb 13, 2022, at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, several works from its Native American collection were publicly shown for the first time.

According to Merriam-Webster, the term “ideology” has been in use in the English language since the end of the 18th century. The word was proposed by the French writer A.L.C. Destutt de Tracy as a way to designate the “science of ideas.” Today the word most often refers to a “systematic body of concepts,” especially those of a particular group. Now, the Albany Museum of Art has the chance to share these stories and experiences of Native American artists with Southwest Georgia audiences. We have a chance to witness how traditions were honored while persevering through challenges in order to dictate a new direction in modern art.

Cara Romero, American (Chemehuevi), b. 1977, "Water Memory," 2015, archival pigment print on Legacy Platine paper. Acquired with funds from Board of Visitors Muscarelle Museum of Art Endowment. © Cara Romero. Courtesy of the artist. All rights reserved.
Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, American (Salish/Kootenai), b. 1940, "Tourist Season," 1988, acrylic and pastel on paper. Muscarelle Museum of Art Purchase Funds. © Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

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