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BMA Opens Solo Exhibitions of Acclaimed Native American Artists Nicholas Galanin and Laura Ortman in July

Exhibitions are part of Preoccupied: Indigenizing the Museum initiative centering Native voices and works

BALTIMORE, MD – On July 14, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will open Nicholas Galanin: Exist in the Width of a Knife’s Edge, a solo exhibition of new and recent works by the artist that addresses the consequences of European colonization and occupation of Indigenous homelands—specifically theft and erasure of belongings, Land, resources, and cultural knowledge from Indigenous communities. In his multifaceted works, Galanin (Lingít and Unangax̂) offers an incisive and unflinching view of the enduring impacts of colonialism—including the willful excision of history and resulting collective amnesia—while also reclaiming Indigenous narratives and creative agency. Exist in the Width of a Knife’s Edge engages audiences with his provocative practice through eight significant works and installations, urging reflection on the damage caused by cultural erasure and eradication, as well as the persistence of Indigenous self-determination. The exhibition will remain on view in the BMA’s contemporary wing through February 16, 2025

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Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit and Unangax̂). Unconverted/Converted. 2022. Courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York