Native Artists of North America
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ/USA
Opening: October 22, 2016
This fall, the Newark Museum will unveil its newly redesigned and reinterpreted Native American galleries. Featuring more than 100 rarely exhibited objects from throughout the United States and Canada, Native Artists of North America will showcase an exciting selection of works from the permanent collection, dating from the early 19th century to the present, including many objects never before exhibited.
This permanent installation celebrates the great diversity of styles, media and creativity of Native artists and places them in the broader context of American art. Among the works on view will be expertly woven Pomo baskets, exquisite hand-made items of dress from across the continent, and Southwestern pottery and textiles. Other highlights will include works by the Haida master carver Charles Edenshaw and Pueblo painters Fred Kabotie, Tonita Peña and Awa Tsireh. Additional works by contemporary Native American artists will be installed in adjacent galleries, including recent acquisitions by Jeffrey Gibson and Preston Singletary.
Collaboratively curated by a team of Native American artists and scholars from around the country, Native Artists of North America brings together the expertise and talent of many leading specialists in the field of Native American art. By placing these reinterpreted collections in close proximity to Newark’s American galleries, the Newark Museum underscores the importance of Native American art as American Art, and celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of Native artists past and present.