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Chris Pappan: Ledger Art and Acts of Visual Resistance

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November 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


In the mid-19th century, paper was introduced to the Indigenous people of the American Great Plains through the ledger books of the encroaching Americans. That paper became a vehicle to record memories, help retain connections to the land, and visually record acts of resistance. Through serendipity, artist Chris Pappan has taken on the responsibility of carrying on this “modern” tradition and attempts in his work to expand the boundaries of tradition, the ideas expressed within it, and to expand viewers’ perceptions of who Native people were and who they are now. Exploring the work of influential historical ledger artists, Pappan will share how his work relates to and then veers away from “tradition” to explore contemporary narratives through acts of visual resistance. Reception: 5:30 p.m. | Program: 6 p.m. This program is in conjunction with Myths of The West: Narrating Stories of the Land and People Through Wichita Art Collections, on exhibit in the Polk/Wilson and Amsden Galleries through Dec. 3.


November 29
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Ulrich Museum of Art
(316) 978-3664


Polk/Wilson Gallery
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount St
Wichita, KS
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1845 Fairmount; Wichita, KS 67260-0046