“Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s to 1970s,” Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Brian Chilson

ARTIST TALK: DOUG HYDE AND FRANK BUFFALO HYDE
WEDNESDAY 3/6. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. 6 p.m. Free.

When you think of Native American art, what first comes to mind? I’m guessing it’s something traditional, plucked from the faraway past and put on display behind glass among other functional artifacts. “Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s to 1970s,” the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts’ newest exhibition, serves as a corrective to those stereotypes by uplifting 20th century Native American artists who belong to movements like abstract expressionism, color field and hard-edge painting. Culled from the Institute of American Indian Arts’ collection, the exhibition includes work by George Morrison, Fritz Scholder and T.C. Cannon. To supplement “Action/Abstraction Redefined,” which runs through May 26, AMFA has invited father and son artists Doug Hyde and Frank Buffalo Hyde to speak alongside Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer, one of the exhibition’s curators. Get tickets here.

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