Kevin Red Star is one of Montana’s most renowned artists and a leading figure in the contemporary American Indian art movement. His story is also the story of the Crow tribe, as his art celebrates, commemorates, and perpetuates the Crow culture. Author Daniel Gibson and artist Kevin Red Star discuss Red Star’s life and art as it examines both a personal and cultural expression of what it means to be an American Indian in the twenty-first century.
Red Star and Gibson are on hand for a noontime presentation on Thursday, July 17, in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. The talk is free to the public and is followed by a book-signing of Gibson’s book, Kevin Red Star: Crow Indian Artist, available for purchase at the Center Store.
Red Star was born on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana. Raised in a family that values art and culture, he developed an early love of drawing and music. He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout his career. His works are in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Heard Museum, Denver Art Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, among others.
Gibson has worked as a freelance writer and editor for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Cowboys & Indians. He served as editor of Native Peoples magazine for 12 years and as a columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Check out the Center of the West’s Online Collections to view more of Red Star’s work in the collection of the Whitney Western Art Museum; for further information on all the Center’s activities, programs, and special events, visit the calendar of events.
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