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Krannert Art Museum: Exhibitions Guide Archive: Refusals

This guide assembles research guides for past Krannert Art Museum shows.


Many artists appropriate, obscure, and reconfigure powerful cultural symbols to which attachment is commonly expected. The late performance studies scholar José Esteban Muñoz developed the concept “disidentification” to describe working through such dominant images that pose possible threats, moving instead toward strategies of survival and techniques to imagine other possible worlds. 

Kara Walker

David Wojnarowicz

Michael Ray Charles

Fritz Scholder

Fritz Scholder 
Buffalo Dancer: New Mexico, ca. 1975 Lithograph 
30 x 22 inches
Image courtesy of Krannert Art Museum

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