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Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light
(above: Kaigani Haida artist, Human Face Mask, c. 1820 , wood, paint, 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Gift of Daniel Cross, 1827. E3483 )
A stunning selection of Native American art will be on display at the Peabody Essex Museum beginning June 24, 2006. Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light is a new exhibition drawn primarily from the Museum's collections. More than 70 works are featured, including never-before-seen objects, such as a 17th century bejeweled Incan dance crown and a David Bradley monoprint (2000). In addition to beadwork, textiles, ceramics, and drawings, the exhibition includes paintings and an installation by Nora Naranjo-Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo). Diverse cultures -- from the Penobscot in the Northeast and Haida of British Columbia, to the Pueblos of the American Southwest and Incas of Peru -- are represented. "Intersections focuses on connections -- between the traditional and the personal, the present and the past, the Native and the non-Native, and Indigenous and Western media. It emphasizes the creative possibilities and the dynamic tensions that arise from aesthetic, cultural, and political influences," says PEM guest curator Laurie Beth Kalb, who co-curated the exhibition with PEM assistant curator of Native American art, Karen Kramer. Artist Nora Naranjo Morse also served as a curatorial consultant. The exhibition, which covers the 1600s to the present, will remain on view indefinitely.
(above: David P. Bradley, White Earth Ojibwe (b. 1954), American Southwest, Pueblo Feast Day, 1997, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James N. Krebs, 2001. E301824)
The artworks in Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light are arranged in three major groupings:
Visitors to Intersections will also enjoy All of My Life, Contemporary Works by Native American Artists. This selection of sculptures and paintings from the museum's collection embraces the experiences and worldviews of nine contemporary artists who call upon and reinterpret Native American painting and sculpting traditions that are thousands of years old as well as those of modern art. The exhibition is ongoing.
(above: Rick Bartow, Yurok (b. 1946), Oregon, Crow Dance, 1990, mixed media on paper, 26 x 20 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James N. Krebs, 2004. E302343
Intersections is funded in part by ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations), which is administered by the US Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement.
Native American art collection, Peabody Essex Museum
The Native American art collection of the Peabody Essex Museum is the oldest ongoing collection of its kind in the hemisphere and is recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of its holdings. The museum continues to acquire important contemporary works by living artists of Native descent from the Americas. Through exhibitions, scholarship, public programs and interpretation, the Native American curatorial program provides a forum for exploring multifaceted aspects of identity, tradition, and innovation for Native American artists and their communities.
(above: Jesse Monongya (Navajo/Hopi), Spiritual Hand, 2002. Gift of Catherine Wygant Monroe and Sally Loring)
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