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September 2021 – March 2022
Slater Concourse Gallery / Medford

Artists: Çaca Yvaire, Lilly Manycolors, Erin Genia, Jenny Oliver and Sadada Jackson.

Unsettling the Archive: Exploring Tufts’ Relationships with Land uses materials from the Tufts University Permanent Art Collection and Tufts Digital Collections & Archives to explore the university’s relationship to the land it occupies, with a focus on making visible and unsettling the prevailing narratives of the campus ecosystem. To this end, the exhibition also seeks to present counternarratives to this archive, and will include contemporary work sourced from local artists and community members that consider questions of land and place.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Erin Genia’s commissioned mural, Wakpa, is drawn from the Dakota word for river. Depicting the Mystic River, which is the watershed that Tufts University Art Gallery resides within, Genia utilizes the imagery of Anpa O Wicahnpi – the Morningstar – as a way to honor Indigenous perspective and develop new relationships to place.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Environmental Studies professor Dr. Ninian Stein. Designated space within the gallery will present Environmental Studies capstone students’ ongoing research.

Unsettling the Archive is curated by Natalie Gearin, Tufts University Art Galleries Graduate Fellow. This exhibition is supported by the Bridging Differences Seed Grant, awarded by the Tufts University Office of the Provost.

Image: Ballou Hall on the Hill, Attributed to Champney, Benjamin, American, ca. 1860. Oil on canvas. Tufts University Permanent Collection, Gift of Thomas O. Marvin H1888, AI 01700

Land Acknowledgement Guide


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