‘Native/American’: A Discussion about Native American Art as American Art

Presenters: Kathleen Ash-Milby, Robert Cozzolino, Tom Jones  & Jill Ahlberg Yohe

Why are American art and Native American art separated in museums and not taught together? How would their entwined history and legacy be better understood if placed side by side? What challenges or cultural issues provide arguments in favor of keeping them distinct? Faced with these questions, Mia’s curators have started collaborations in the galleries that seek points of common ground. In the process, they have engaged contemporary Native American artists for perspectives on the past.


Kathleen Ash-Milby, a member of the Navajo Nation, is an Associate Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in New York.

Tom Jones is Professor of Photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A member of Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, Jones creates art that challenges stereotypical ideas of Native people by questioning the past and reevaluating the present.

Robert Cozzolino is Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings at Mia.

Jill Ahlberg Yohe is Assistant Curator of Native American Art at Mia.

$10; $5 My Mia members, free for members of Native American Art and Paintings Affinity Groups. Click here to register on line.