Rising: The American Indian Movement and the Third Space of Sovereignty was originally scheduled to run from April 17 through August 2, 2020. In light of current conditions the Dr. Danielle Moretti-Langholtz and her nine Anthropology and Native Studies students enrolled in the spring 2020 Native American Sovereignty  senior seminar re-imagined the exhibition in an exciting and engaging virtual medium.

A careful look around campus and Williamsburg will show you that students and fellow citizens are engaged in a “common read” by the Native author, Tommy Orange (Cheyenne, Arapaho). The 2019 novel by Orange is called There, There, and introduces readers to the contemporary urban Indian experience. Set in Oakland, California and Oklahoma, Orange draws on the rise of AIM—the American Indian Movement—and the real-life takeover of Alcatraz Island, in 1969, and makes it a foundational element in his popular book.

Anthropology students enrolled in Native American Sovereignty, a spring 2020 senior seminar with Dr. Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, researched the rise of AIM in photographs and historical documents as well as curated an exhibition. The exhibition highlights some of the central events associated with AIM, such as the takeover of Alcatraz, Wounded Knee 2 and the Trail of Broken Treaties. Biographies of AIM leaders; Russell Means, Dennis Banks, the Bellecourt brothers, and Leonard Peltier will be featured as part of this historical and visual overview. The rise of AIM took place during the wider social upheavals of the protests against the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement.





WILLIE COLE | American, born 1955 | Five Beauties Rising, 2012 | Intaglio and relief, ed. 7/9 | © Willie Cole and Highpoint Editions | Acquired with funds from the Board of Visitors Muscarelle Museum of Art Endowment (Image credit line: Image Courtesy of Highpoint Editions and the Artist | Photo credit: David Kern) | 2017.003,1-5

VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE is proud to present Building on the Legacy: African American Art from the Permanent Collection comprised of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by renowned artists.

Created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first African American students in residence at William & MaryBuilding on the Legacy: African American Art from the Permanent Collection was part of a yearlong program of special events during the 2017-2018 academic year, which spoke to themes of parity and desegregation. The original exhibition, held at the Muscarelle Museum of Art (September 2, 2017 - January 14, 2018), featured works that encompassed a variety of media, styles, and eras, exemplifying the plurality of vision among these accomplished artists. Re-created and expanded for VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE as part of the 2019 commemoration in the Commonwealth, Building on the Legacy embraces a panoply of approaches, ranging from the 19th-century realism of Henry Ossawa Tanner to the contemporary conceptualism of Martin Puryear.