Located at the Minneapolis Institute for Art, a stunning array of collected artworks are on display. Loaned and borrowed from private and public collections from across the USA, the stunning examples of Native American art made by women are for all to see. The 150 individual pieces will be travelling the States to ensure they get maximum exposure. With pieces from ancient times to the modern day, sculpture, painting, photograph, needlepoint, digital, video, and more will be available to encapsulate the feminine character of Native North America.
“Hearts Of Our People, Native Women Artists” covers work from all native heritages from the country. It's been curated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Jill Ahlberg Yohe, PhD, associate curator of Native American Art at Mia, and Teri Greeves, independent curator and member of the Kiowa Nation, were both involved in the coordination of such a large collection. Over 30 sources make up the generous hoard of priceless creativity.
In Native North American culture, women were often an integral part of functioning society. With roles in all tribal matters from the beginning, even today the remaining tribes are still administered by both men and women. As a function of North American law, the legacy nations are thankfully given official recognition. Women have been a vital part of ensuring the future of Native American life can continue to thrive. This exhibition wants to show just how much of a role women play.
The way in which the curation was gathered reflects the soul of Native American society. With a committee of decision makers holding council, the individual pieces were chosen and requested. We can only wonder what items they turned down, and for what reasons. It was important to the advisor's board to represent all voices, and so there must have been some tough and heart-wrenching decisions to make. Along with the travelling exhibition, the team have also published a fantastic book which covers the culture and art for all to see. It's available on Amazon US and Amazon UK.
Via Art Daily
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