Light Work is pleased to present a solo exhibition by artist Wendy Red Star. Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, 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. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral to her practice, along with creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art.

Wendy Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. She has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Portland Art Museum, Hood Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. She served a visiting lecturer at institutions including Yale University, the Figge Art Museum, the Banff Centre, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Dartmouth College, CalArts, Flagler College, and I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado Springs. In 2017, Red Star was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and in 2018 she received a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Red Star lives and works in Portland, OR.


Join us Friday, November 14, 6PM for a gallery talk with exhibiting artist Wendy Star. This event is FREE and open to the public.


Accompanying the exhibition, Contact Sheet 204 includes an essay by Shane Lavalette. Purchase the catalog online in the Light Work shop at

Exhibition Tour

Light Work offers guided tours to engage community groups with its exhibitions. Led by gallery staff, tours provide visitors with a range of ways to look at, engage with and enjoy works in the photographic medium. Groups are also welcome to plan self-guided visits. Sign-up here:

Limited free public parking is available after 5PM and paid parking is available in Booth Parking Garage adjacent to Light Work.