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Oscar Howe is a cultural icon who innovated and defined the Modern Indian Art Movement. His art represents cultural vitality and has influenced many generations of artists in this region and beyond.

His paintings can be appreciated for their aesthetic appeal, but he challenges viewers to consider the meaning of a ceremonial Sun Dance, be witness to tradition and so much more. Howe wove tradition and ceremony into the sharp lines of Modernism, and his legacy has taken root through his commitment to education and providing opportunities for students.

This exhibition seeks to explore the impact and influence of Howe’s work by showcasing the work of 16 different artists from various decades succeeding Howe. Oscar Howe paved a path for Native artists, giving them expressive permission to own their talents, embrace their history and break down barriers that fought to keep them contained.

This exhibition was originally co-curated by Amy Fill and Keith Braveheart at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

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