One of several artists featured in "To the Hoop: Basketball and Contemporary Art," Gina Adams mines her Native and colonial ancestry, cultural preservation, and forced assimilation. In that context, basketball holds mixed connotations for her. She acknowledges that many Native Americans see the game as a path to both higher education and acceptance into popular culture. But, she also notes that the game's history in Native communities goes back to early twentieth-century boarding schools that forced indigenous students to assimilate to White culture.
Learn more about Gina Adam's process, techniques, and engagement with the entwined histories of indigenous cultures, art, and basketball. Adams will be hosted by the Weatherspoon's Anne and Ben Cone Memorial Endowed Director, Dr. Juliette Bianco, and Curator of Exhibitions, Dr. Emily Stamey. Please join us and add your thoughts and questions to the conversation.