[Dis]Information: American Indians through the Lens of Roland Reed (Colorado Springs, CO)

[Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed” 

March 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum

Colorado Springs, CO


“[Dis]information” is a new exhibit that has just opened at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum and will run through January 2020. The striking image here is just one of dozens of pictorialist photographs of American Indians taken by Roland Reed in the early twentieth century. Reed saw himself as both an artist and an ethnographer, and his images are strikingly beautiful but deeply problematic as romantic scenes situating American Indians in an imagined past. [Dis]Information includes original artwork and commentary by Gregg Deal, Pyramid Lake Paiute, in addition to contemporary American Indian photographs. Combined with Reed’s photography, the exhibit encourages visitors to examine the role “retrospective photography” plays in shaping our understanding of American Indians, and celebrates the power and beauty of photography while challenging misconceptions and stereotypes of indigenous people.


Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum: “Ignite Your Curiosity. Discover Your
Story.”  The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s mission is to
build a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak Region by preserving and sharing our cultural history. Admission is free.

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