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Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo), Maria, 2014, 1985 Chevy El Camino, H. 54 × W. 72 × D. 202 in

Featuring the work of 75 Native American contemporary artists representing over 50 tribes across North America, To Take Shape and Meaning is rooted in reverence for tradition while pushing the boundaries of contemporary interpretation.

Organized by guest curator Nancy Strickland Fields (Lumbee), director/ curator of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, this upcoming exhibition focuses on contemporary 3-D works by Indigenous artists from across the United States and Canada. The works demonstrate the continuity and evolution of Native and Indigenous arts in contemporary culture, including baskets made out of blown glass, cars transformed into works of art, and cutting edge fashion ensembles embellished with goose feathers and turkey quills, all revealing transitions of place, experiments in materiality, and meanings blended from present-day and traditional beliefs.

Highlights:

  • Outdoor public art sculpture installation by Rose Simpson occurring in the NCMA Museum Park during exhibition.
  • On-site artwork will be created by Steven Paul Judd in the exhibition hall the week prior to the exhibition’s opening.
  • Featured works by Jeffrey Gibson, Marcus Amerman, Keri Ataumbi, Martha Berry, Tom Farris, Anita Fields, Raven Halfmoon, Allan Houser, Steven Paul Judd, Senora Lynch, Jamie Okuma, Virgil Ortiz, Rose B. Simpson, Preston Singletary, Roxanne Swentzell, Marie Watt, Margaret Roach Wheeler.
    NCMA catalogue with essays by Fields, artist Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo), and Stephen Fadden (Mohawk), director of programming at Poeh Cultural Center in Pojoaque, New Mexico.
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