TAG: American Indian art

Gregg Deal
Event: Tours

The Western Tour with Gregg Deal

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 7:00pm8:00pm.

The Western Tour, by Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe), is a performance piece in the style of a guided exhibition tour. More

Tewa artist, Polychrome Jar, about 1800
Event: Lectures & Programs

Male Tewa Potters in 18th Century New Mexico

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00pm8:00pm.

San Ildefonso male potters are largely considered an anomaly, a 20th century change that correlates with the modern market for Pueblo art pottery. But this misconception of men not being potters previous to recent times relies on a constructed concept built from non-Pueblo logic and ideas about pottery manufacture, design, and division of labor. When we view pottery from a more Tewa perspective, male potters begin to emerge. More

Storyteller Figure Inspired Activity
Lesson Spark

Storyteller Figure Inspired Activity

Artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the celebration and unity that story telling provides.

Parfleche made by a Northern Plains artist
Lesson Spark

Parfleche Inspired Activity

The artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the intricate and unique designs that are significant to the owner as well as the parfleche’s function for holding important items.

Moccasin made using porcupine quills from an unknown maker in the Crow Tribe
Lesson Spark

Moccasin Inspired Activity

A pair of moccasins sparked a connection for Artist Melanie Yazzie to consider the role and importance of having empathy for others, or “walking a mile in someone’s moccasins.”

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Trade Canoe for Don Quixote, 2004
Event: Lectures & Programs

Mindful Looking

Trade Canoe for Don Quixote
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 1:00pm1:45pm.

Explore the many layers of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s Trade Canoe for Don Quixote with teaching specialist Molly Medakovich and Creative-in-Residence Laura Ann Samuelson, More

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Like A Hammer, 2014. Elk hide, glass beads, artificial sinew, wool blanket, metal studs, steel, found pinewood block, and fur; 56 x 24 x 11 in.

Jeffrey Gibson

Like a Hammer
Opens May 13, 2018

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer—the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work—will chronicle a pivotal moment in Gibson’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 65 objects created from 2011 to the present will be featured including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, a significant selection of beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, and video. More

Detail of Navajo weaver figure at loom
Lesson Spark

Weaver inspired Activity

Find inspiration for class artmaking related to the Weaver with Loom figure. Watch Melanie Yazzie discuss her inspiration, too.

Illustration of a Native basket
Blog: Inside the Collection

Illustrations Make Native Arts Catalog Cards Works of Art

The card illustrations spanning the Native arts department collections were begun by museum staff in the 1920s and continued until the 1970s or 1980s. Beginning in the 1930s, a majority of the cards were illustrated by WPA workers. More

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Wendy Red Star with her daughter Beatrice
Event: Artists & Studios

Everyday Indian

an Interview with Beatrice Red Star Fletcher
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 2:00pm3:00pm.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Wendy Red Star will interview her 9-year-old daughter, Beatrice Red Star Fletcher, about Beatrice’s new photo series Everyday Indian. More

Lakota Time Capsule: A Cultural Collection Uncovered
Event: Lectures & Programs

Lakota Time Capsule: A Cultural Collection Uncovered

with Steve Friesen
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:00pm8:00pm.

Journey with Steve Friesen back in time to early 20th century Europe, where the mysterious story about a trunk of Lakota art begins. In 2004, François Chladiuk, the owner of one of the largest Western clothing shops in Europe, purchased four steel trunks from a butcher shop in Brussels, Belgium. The trunks were filled with Lakota headdresses, war shirts, moccasins, and vests—revealing a history of the Lakota in Europe. More

Huron artist, Table covering, mid-1800s
Event: Lectures & Programs

The Customs of Our Ancestors: The Wendat Art of Moose Hair Embroidery

with Annette de Stecher
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm8:00pm.

Moose hair embroidery is among the least studied and written about forms of visual art by Indigenous women of the Eastern Woodlands. Created as domestic objects or commercial souvenirs, scholars have only recently begun to consider these categories suitable subjects for academic study. To push beyond the conventions of the Western art historical canon, researchers must use innovative approaches to their study. More

Wendy Red Star, Pretty Medicine Pipe & Old Crow (1873 Crow Delegation), 2017
Event: Lectures & Programs

Wendy Red Star: Decolonizing Photography

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:00pm8:00pm.

Historical photography of Native people is widespread and many of these images become iconic and appropriated as part of American popular culture. But what is missing from our understanding of these photographs? More

Horse bridle and reins, unknown Crow artist, no date
Event: Lectures & Programs

The Art and History of Apsáalooke Horse Gear

with Tim McCleary
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:00pm8:00pm.

Join us as we trace the history and visual arts of horse gear among the Apsáalooke or Crow Indians of Montana with Dr. Tim McCleary. First acquired in the early 1700s, by the 1800s the Apsáalooke had the largest herds on the Northern Plains and the horse continues to play a central role in their lives, arts, and culture. More