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Exploding Native Inevitable

February 7, 2025 through July 13, 2025
  • "Post," an installation by Sarah Rowe.
    Sarah Rowe, Post.

Exploding Native Inevitable is a traveling exhibition, organized by Bates College Museum of Art, that features the work of twelve contemporary Indigenous artists and two collaboratives from lands we now call America.

The title of the exhibition riffs on Andy Warhol’s 1966–67 series of multimedia events Exploding Plastic Inevitable, which included concerts, film screenings, installations, and performance. Like both the Bates exhibition and its namesake, Sheldon’s version of Exploding Native Inevitable will include a wide-ranging series of events and programs.

This exhibition was organized by Brad Kahlhamer and Dan Mills for Bates College Museum of Art. It features works by Norman Akers (Osage Nation); Nizhonniya Austin (Diné/Tlingit); Alison Bremner (Tlingit); Jaque Fragua (Jemez Pueblo); Raven Halfmoon (Caddo Nation); Elisa Harkins (Muscogee/Creek Nation); Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians); Terran Last Gun (Piikani/Blackfeet); Fox Maxy (Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians and Payómkawichum); New Red Order, whose core members are Adam Khalil (Ojibway), Zack Khalil (Ojibway), and Jackson Polys (Tlingit); Mali Obomsawin (Abenaki First Nation); Lokotah Sanborn (Penobscot); Sarah Rowe (Lakota, Ponca); Duane Slick (Meskwaki/Sauk and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa); Tyrrell Tapaha (Diné).