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A Separate Piece

BY HG MASTERS

What an “indigenized” exhibition might look like

Installation view of the section titled “Transformation” in the exhibition “Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia” at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 2016. Copyright President and Fellows of Harvard College. Courtesy Harvard Art Museums.

Although the categories of “contemporary art” and “Indigenous art” each have their origins in the 1970s, Indigenous artists and their creations still occupy an unresolved position within an internationalized conversation about postcolonial art-making and museum display. This dilemma, one of un-assimilation, or dis-assimilation, is part of what gives…

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