Talk: ‘Future Traditions: Theorizing the Native Avant Garde’
October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
What does it mean for Native writers and artists to embrace the avant garde, along with its deep mistrust of the traditional? In this talk, Assistant Professor Adam Spry will discuss the history of the rise of Native American experimental art and literature in the 20th and 21st centuries — and its surprising roots in the U.S.’s efforts to promote the idea of Native artistic “tradition.”
Spry (White Earth Anishinaabe) teaches Native American, global Indigenous, and American literatures. His research examines the intersection of Native cultural production and U.S. federal Indian policy over the past two centuries. His monograph, Our Warpaint is Writers’ Ink (2018), is a comparative literary history of writing by, and about, the Anishinaabeg people since the 19th century.