Growing up a half-breed on a Crow reservation in Montana fuels the rich sculptural landscapes Wendy Red Star creates in “Parading Culture (Tokens, Gold, & Glory),” which opens today at Haw Contemporary, 1600 Liberty, and runs through Feb. 27.
The gallery is hosting an opening reception until 9 this evening, and Red Star will give a talk about her work at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Kansas Citians may have seen Red Star’s work in the “Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky” exhibition in 2014 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
For her show at Haw, Red Star combines photographs and sculptures using artifacts from contemporary Indian life such as colorful woven blankets to create a meditation on identity and the experience of native life in contemporary America.
In addition to at the Nelson, Red Star’s work has been shown at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore.
Gallery hours for Haw Contemporary are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 Sunday.