Scott Seekins The New Eden Sat, May 14, 2016 - Sun, July 3, 2016
In The New Eden, Scott Seekins investigates an infamous chapter of Minnesota history. His artworks delve into the Dakota War of 1862, which began along the Minnesota River in southwest Minnesota, bringing about a mass execution of 38 Dakota men on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota. Brutalities continued to be perpetrated by both sides until the Jeffersonian westward expansion was complete.
Interspersing images of settlers, Native Americans, religious missionaries and American soldiers as well as symbols from those cultures, Seekins acerbically shows how ideologies were twisted to justify neglect of treaty agreements, land grabs, armed conflict and genocide. Although these artworks are in part historical reflections, they also hold significant contemporary meaning.