KC: How are you hoping kids respond to your work and this show?
Wendy Red Star: For me, it’s very important that the ancestors that are presented in the exhibition are really thought of as people. And relatable people. I try to do that by writing about them directly on their image, or by making them life-sized and having an opportunity to walk up to them. And really humanizing them, because Native people have been dehumanized so much or made into this mythical part of the West that doesn’t exist. My hope is that there’s a human connection that the kids can make and relate to.
Wendy Red Star: Apsáalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird continues at MASS MoCA (1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Massachusetts) through spring 2021. The exhibition was curated by Laura Thompson. The museum is currently open, though advanced, timed tickets are required.
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