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ENRICH-0706 – Art Hist In-Person: Indigenous Art (ENRICH-0706_IART)

Contemporary Indigenous Art

Colorado is home to some of the most vibrant and diverse collections of Indigenous art in the United States. One spectacular example is the newly renovated Martin Building at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) featuring reimagined galleries of contemporary work curated and displayed alongside older pieces. DAM officials say the new installation explores the inherited qualities of Indigenous artistic practice while also emphasizing the dynamism and innovation intrinsic both to the development of Indigenous contemporary art and to the perseverance of tribal cultures across time. This course includes two lectures on the University of Denver campus and a field trip to DAM. Your guide and instructor is Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand, a fellow at DAM and a contemporary Indigenous artist known for her work in graphic novels and mural art as well as the coordinator for ayA Con, Denver's Indigenous comic and art festival this spring. She describes this course as a detailed walk-through of the difference between appropriation and appreciation, various types of art forms, and expressions of identity with an examination of the contemporary work happening in clothing design, video games, television and film production, heavy metal and hip hop music, and other pop culture mediums. Join us for deep, contemplative art-making activities, discussions and guest appearances from other Indigenous artists including the DAM native artist in residence.

Three in-person sessions
Tue., Apr. 18, 25, 2023, 6:30-8:30 pm MT
DAM visit Tue., May 2, 6:30-8:30 pm

Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand is a Sicangu Lakota and Cherokee artist who serves as the Denver Art Museum’s creative and public engagement fellow, working with the Native artists in residence programs. She has worked on matters of equality, community organization and cultural representation in pop culture for a number of years.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 20Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $135


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Tuesday18th April 202325th April 202306:30PM - 08:30PMN/AKristina Bad Hand
Tuesday2nd May 20232nd May 202306:30PM - 08:30PMN/AKristina Bad Hand