David W. May American Indian Gallery


Three prints by artist Sonny Assu. Contains the words "Teach, Lead, Confront" with abstract surrounding art.

There Is Hope If We Rise: Protest Posters from AIM to DAPL

November 15, 2019 – May 8, 2020 

More than 40 compelling graphics documenting a half century of political action—from, roughly, the occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay to violent protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock—are brought together by this exhibition. Taken together, these prints demonstrate the urgency of challenges faced not only by contemporary Native Americans, but by North Americans as a whole. The exhibition includes images by both well-known indigenous artists as well as by anonymous, spontaneous poster makers. From beautifully silkscreened images to print-on-demand files, this display suggests the widest conceivable variety of work made to confront an equally wide array of crises. The installation also includes a timeline of events and creative responses to these events developed by USD student Cara Treu (’19).


Images: Sonny Assu, There Is Hope If We Rise (series of 12 prints), 2013, image courtesy of the artist ©2019 Sonny Assu 

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Closed university holidays:
Nov. 27-29 (Thanksgiving) 
Dec 14 - Jan 26 (winter intersession)


王者荣耀芈月点点斿Free to attend. 


Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall 214
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Opening Reception

Thursday, November 14, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Gallery tour and poster workshop, free for all who wish to attend.
王者荣耀芈月点点斿Light refreshments will be served.

Reservations are not required for this event.