Exhibits | Center of Southwest Studies

Current Gallery Exhibits
Coloradans and our Shared Environment in Times of Challenge and Change

Coloradans and our Shared Environment in Times of Challenge and Change

April 11, 2024 through February 7, 2025

Coloradans and our Shared Environment in Times of Challenge and Change highlights the deep connections Coloradans have with the state's natural landscape and, through it, with each other. The artwork included in the exhibition was produced by teams of artists and scientists grappling with the various ways Coloradans are experiencing the interrelated challenges of fire, drought, water, and air quality in their communities.


The Return of the Force

The Return of the Force

September 27, 2023 through September 27, 2024

The Return of the Force explores the significant influence the Star Wars movies have had on contemporary Native artists through an innovative collection of work that addresses themes such as resistance, place, belonging, and Indigenous knowledge. The exhibition will run through September 2024 and include a suite of programming throughout the year.

Other Current Exhibits
The Memories We Carry with Us

The Memories We Carry with Us

Location: Center of Southwest Studies, Main Foyer

The Memories We Carry with Us was curated by CSWS Intern Alysha Arrates (Ute Mountain Ute), a sophomore at FLC studying Native American and Indigenous Studies and Museum Management. The installation combines photographs and clippings from the Center's archives with creative works and personal items from Indigenous students currently attending Fort Lewis College. Arrates hopes that others can feel inspired by this display, which pays homage to the thriving Indigenous students at Fort Lewis College. The exhibition will be on display through November 2024.

Indigenous Futurity

Indigenous Futurity

Location: CSWS Stairwell

In May 2023, curatorial fellow Elise Boulanger (Osage Nation) co-taught a Maymester EXCEL course with internationally renowned artist Nanibah Chacon (Diné, Chicana) at the Center of Southwest Studies. Students participating in this Maymester course designed and painted a mural informed by research conducted in the Center’s museum collections and conversations about cultural celebration and belonging, thoughtful representations of non-dominant cultural values and worldviews, and connection to land. The mural, which embraces Traditional Cultural Knowledge, references a Navajo sampler-style textile and incorporates historical and contemporary weavings from the Center of Southwest Studies’ Durango Collection® of Southwest textiles, sash belts from the collaborating artists’ communities, and other Center collections items.


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