The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has opened its newest exhibition, [Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed, which includes dozens of Pictorialist photographs of American Indians taken by Roland Reed in the early 20th century. Reed saw himself as both an artist and an ethnographer; his images are strikingly beautiful but deeply problematic. Reed constructed romantic scenes that situated American Indians in an imagined past versus contemporary reality. The new exhibit will encourage visitors to examine the role “retrospective photography” plays in shaping our understanding of American Indians. To accomplish this goal, the museum is working with Gregg Deal, Pyramid Lake Paiute, an artist whose work challenges misconceptions of indigenous people and asks viewers to reexamine stereotypes. [Dis]Information includes original artwork and commentary by Deal in addition to contemporary American Indian photographs alongside historic images that celebrate the power and beauty of photography while challenging the assumptions of viewers. [Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed” will run through Jan. 5, 2020.

Upcoming dates

Download schedule


  • Starting Saturday, March 30th, 2019, repeats every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Saturday, January 04, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum

215 S. Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903