Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth is a mid-career survey of the work of Portland artist Wendy Red Star (born 1981, Billings, Montana).

Drawing on pop culture, conceptual art strategies, and the Crow traditions in which she was raised, Red Star pushes photography in new directions—from self-portraiture to photo-collage and mixed media—to bring to life her unique perspective on American history. An enrolled member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Tribe, Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures. With more than 40 works highlighting Red Star’s production from 2006 to 2019, the exhibition includes photography, textiles, film and sound installations. At the heart of the exhibition a new immersive video will be screened inside a sweat lodge constructed by the artist.

Wendy Red Star, Apsáalooke Feminist #3, 2016. Archival pigment print on Museo silver rag, 34 x 41 in. Purchase 2018 Wallace M. Scudder Bequest Fund, Emma Fantone Endowment Fund for Contemporary American Art, and Louis Bamberger Bequest Fund 2018.26.2.2 © Wendy Red Star 

Wendy Red Star (born 1981) Family Portrait Series ‑ Two Prom Dates, 2011 Cotton broad cloth with archival ink 44 x 50 in. Autry National Center of The American West, Los Angeles, CA

Detail: Wendy Red Star (born 1981) Um‑basax‑bilua, “Where They Make the Noise” 1904‑2016 (detail), 2017 Archival pigment prints on photo paper, graphite pencil, pins, vinyl 132’ 9’’ linear feet (height and width both variable)

About the Artist


Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Wendy Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. She lives and works in Portland, OR.

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Traveling Exhibition

This exhibition is available to travel.


Tour Schedule:

Fall 2022/Winter 2024 – Available

Spring/Summer 2024 – Available

April 21, 2023 – September 3, 2023 – Columbus Museum of Art

February 11, 2022 through May 8, 2022 – San Antonio Museum of Art