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Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains

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.”

One Response to “Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains”

  1. America Meredith Says:

    Congratulations on being part of the show! I’m hoping to see it in May.

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