Southeast Missouri State University

Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art

October 17-December 20, 2008
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Organized by the University of New Mexico's Tamarind Institute, Migrations features the work of Steven Deo (Creek/Euchee), Tom Jones(Ho Chunk), Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaa), Ryan Lee Smith (Cherokee), Star Wallowing Bull (Chippewa/Arapaho), and Marie Watt (Seneca), each of whom collaborated with professional printers at Tamarind and at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts in Pendleton, Oregon, to create prints. These artists were selected because they engage in contemporary art rather than what is traditionally considered "Native American art." The exhibition is comprised of two prints by each artist and approximately eight pieces of each artist's work in other media.

The public is invited to attend the reception on November 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. 

A 143-page illustrated catalogue titled Migrations, compiling the works of the six Native American artists, and including essays by Jo Ortel, Lucy Lippard, Kathleen Howe, and Gerald McMaster will be available for purchase. Ortel, an associate professor of art history at Beloit College, defines Migrations as it applies to this project. Lippard, an art critic and author, discusses the cultural baggage forced upon the American Indian. As director of the Pomona College Museum of Art and professor of art history, Howe offers an overview of Tamarind Institute's projects with indigenous peoples. McMaster, A Plains Cree artist, details the history of Crow's Shadow Institute on Oregon's Umatilla Reservation.

This exhibition is organized by the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, in collaboration with the Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts, UNM. Support for this project was provided by TREX (Traveling Exhibitions Program of the Museum of New Mexico), the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Wool Blanket Request
Marie Watt has made a request for wool blankets to use in an art project involving the community titled "Blanket Stories." Watt has offered to trade a silkscreen print for each wool blanket. The blankets will be accepted until December 2nd. Blanket tags, available at Crisp Museum, should be completed with the person's name and their blanket story. The blankets will then be stacked and exhibited at the museum.

Sewing Circle
Watt will host a sewing circle workshop, open to the community, to stitch a newly constructed art piece in the museum's classroom on December 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on December 3, from 10 to 2 p.m. or 4 to 8 p.m. No experience in stitching is required and participants may arrive or leave as they wish.

"I have found when your eyes are diverted and hand busy with needle and cloth story telling just starts to happen.Watt will host a sewing circle workshop, open to the community, to stitch a newly constructed art piece in the museum's classroom on December 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on December 3, from 10 to 2 p.m. or 4 to 8 p.m. No experience in stitching is required and participants may arrive or leave as they wish.

Contact the museum for more information (573) 651-2301.

Additional links:

Steven Deo
Southwest Art Magazine

Tom Jones
Museum of Contemporary Photography Collections

LarryMcNeil
AfterCapture Magazine

Marie Watt
Represented by PDX Contemporary Art (Portland, Oregon)
and Greg Kucera Gallery (Seattle, Washington)
Article in The Oregonian

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