KU’s Common Work of Art vandalized; exhibit featured Native American display

photo by: Ryan Waggoner

The "Native Hosts" series by Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds is KU's Common Work of Art, pictured on display outside the Spencer Museum of Art.

A Native American art exhibit on display outside the Spencer Museum of Art has been vandalized, according to University of Kansas police.

KU police said that on Sept. 4 shortly after 11 p.m. two individuals damaged four pieces of artwork associated with the exhibit. The department posted a photo of the suspects and asked anyone with information to call 785-864-5900. People can also contact KU Crime Stoppers at 785-864-8888 if they wish to remain anonymous.

photo by: KU Police

KU police released this image of suspects in the art vandalism at the Spencer Museum of Art.

The exhibit was KU’s Common Work of Art, titled “Native Host,” by artist Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds.

As the Journal-World previously reported, “Native Host” consists of five aluminum signs in front of the Spencer Museum on Mississippi Street. The signs name Native tribes who historically or currently inhabit the region now called Kansas. On each sign, the colonial name is printed backward while the name of the land’s original occupants is printed forward.

The exhibit has been temporarily removed from display, according to the museum.


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