Through the Lens: An Artist Talk with First Nation Photographer Tom Jones
September 20th, 2019
Through the Lens of the First Nations People: An exhibit exploring what it means to be Native American in the Midwest featuring the artwork of Tom Jones
Free and Open to the Public
Sept 20, 6-7pm
Tom Jones is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his MFA in Photography and a MA in Museum Studies from Columbia College in Chicago, IL.
Jones’ photographs examine identity and geographic place with an emphasis on the experience of American Indian communities. He is interested in the way that American Indian material culture is represented through popular/commodity culture, e.g. architecture, advertising, and self-representation. He continues to work on an ongoing photographic essay on the contemporary life of his tribe, the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. He is critically assessing the romanticized representation of Native peoples in photography through the re-examination of historic pictures taken by white photographers. This reassessment questions the assumptions about identity within the American Indian culture by non-natives and Natives alike.
This exhibit runs August 30-October 6, 2019