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THE SKINNY

Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains

February 1st, 2011
Glass ShieldTipi: Heritage of the Great Plains opens February 18 and continues until May 15, 2011 at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor).
I was asked to make a glass shield inspired by one owned by Rain in the Face. His family gave the museum and myself the go-ahead to do so, as a tipi liner painted by Rain in the Face resides in the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
From the BMA site:  “Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains focuses on the tipi as the center of Plains culture and social, religious, and creative traditions from the early nineteenth century to the present. The exhibition examines the tipi as an architectural form, an expression of Plains artistic and cultural identity, and an interior space for domestic and ritual use. Tipi features more than 160 objects from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection of Plains material, as well as selected works from other museums; objects by contemporary Plains artists; and three full-size tipis, two with furnished interiors.

The exhibition includes objects from a large number of tribes from the Northern, Central, and Southern Plains. Organized thematically, it explores the role of women, who were the owners of the tipi and makers of the tipi itself as well the furnishings, clothing, and accessories kept within it; the traditional role of men as warriors, whose military exploits are depicted on tipi covers and liners; and the tipi as the center of childhood and family life.

In addition to historical and contemporary objects, the exhibition includes photographs of contemporary Plains family and community life and images of contemporary Native American architecture inspired by the tipi form.”

Soul Sister

January 18th, 2011

Soul Sister: Re-imagining Kateri Tekakwitha opened January 14th at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

Check it out if you’re in town. My installation “All People are Tears of God” is on display there until March 21, 2011.

35th Anniversary of American Indian Art Magazine

November 3rd, 2010

vol36_num1_lrg American Indian Art magazine celebrates 35 years with 35 artist profiles.

In it, check out some of my dear friends and esteemed colleagues. Alphabetically I came in at number two, that means I have to try harder.

Winter in NYC

November 1st, 2010

The National Museum of the American Indian in New York hosts its annual Art Market Saturday and Sunday, December 4 – 5, 2010.  The market in New York will be held at the George Gustav Heye Center, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.in the Diker Pavilion. Admission is free. I’ll be there selling my latest selection of beaded bracelets and buckles.  (Incidentally, my glass horse mask will also still be on display in the exhibit A Song for the Horse Nation)

The NMAI in NYC is located in the old custom's house near Battery Park.

The NMAI in NYC is located in the old custom's house near Battery Park.

This Vest is Smokin’

September 29th, 2010

It’s this kind of spontaneous publicity that makes me know I’m on the right track.