This groundbreaking exhibition will unite the Plains Indian masterworks found in European and North American collections, from pre-contact to contemporary, ranging from a 2,000-year-old Human Effigy stone pipe to 18th-century painted robes to a 2011 beaded adaptation of designer shoes.
The distinct Plains aesthetic—singular, ephemeral and materially rich—will be revealed through an array of forms and media: painting and drawing; sculptural works in stone, wood, antler and shell; porcupine quill and glass bead embroidery; feather work; painted robes depicting figures and geometric shapes; richly ornamented clothing; composite works; and ceremonial objects.
Together the 140 works will reveal the accomplishments of Plains Indian artists, not only as the makers of objects that sustain tradition and embody change, but as the bearers of individual creative expression and innovation. Many nations are represented—Osage, Quapaw, Omaha, Crow, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Lakota, Blackfeet, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, Mesquakie, Kansa and others. Objects will travel from France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Canada and the United States.
Morton and Estelle Sosland Honored By Mayor Sly James
Couple's Long Support of Native American Art Prompts Mayoral Proclamation
Kansas City Mayor Sly James has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, as "Morton and Estelle Sosland Day" in honor of the couple's legacy as champions of American Indian art.The proclamation noted that the
Soslands "are widely respected champions of American Indian art and discerning collectors in the field."
Mr. Sosland also has been "an invaluable supporter and advisor" for the exhibition, the proclamation said, and Mr. and Mrs. Sosland played a central role in visioning and creating the Native American galleries that opened at the Nelson-Atkins in November 2009.
2. KANSAS CITY - It is absolutely fitting — and thrilling — that some of the most beautiful cultural expressions of the region’s native peoples are now gathered in the gateway city of the Great Plains. A new exhibit, “Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky,” opens to the public Friday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Expect it to astound and enlighten thousands of visitors over the next three and a half months.
There are many reasons to applaud this show. It resulted from the painstaking and intensely detailed effort of curator Gaylord Torrence to assemble more than 120 objects for display from dozens of institutional and private collections in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Torrence and the Nelson collaborated with the Musee du quai Branly in Paris, where the exhibit debuted last April and which holds a significant collection of Native American works, including several extraordinary painted buffalo robes. And it bridges the often contentious
scholarly divide between anthropology and art history, which will help prompt discussion among viewers of the nature of art and cultural context.
Most important, perhaps, the show tells stories of life and spirit that span centuries and, in its closing section of contemporary art works, declares that the lineage of tradition and creative exploration remains vital.
Anyone who sees “Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky” will revel in its quiet collective power. And undoubtedly visitors will find favorites among the impressively crafted pieces and the many absorbing small details. They include the spirit figure carved into a pipe to face the smoker as well as the blend of natural and commercial materials from buffalo hides and porcupine quills to colorful trade beads and shells to Hudson Bay cloth and weasel fur.
Go see it.
3. SYDNEY.- In Australia for the first time, the exhibition Aztecs tells the glorious, dramatic and ultimately tragic story of the Aztec Empire.
Featuring more than 200 sacred cultural objects generously lent from museums throughout Mexico, the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the ways of life, beliefs and sacrificial rituals of the Aztecs.
The richness and depth of the Aztecs exhibition has captured the public’s imagination in New Zealand where it was shown at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington in this first ever visit of an Aztecs exhibition to Australasia. The exhibition is now in Australia, where it is having its second showing at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington and the Australian Museum to bring this exhibition of remarkable treasures to Australia,” said Dr
“The Aztec empire is one of history’s greatest civilisations. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors in Australia to learn about Aztec daily life and afterlife through archaeological finds, intricate models
and dramatic multimedia.”
The Aztecs emerged as the dominant force in central Mexico in the 15th century. They developed a complex social, political, religious and commercial system from their capital city, Tenochtitlán – the site of modern-day Mexico City. The Aztecs were rich in culture and traditions, with remarkable accomplishments in art and architecture.
Mexican curator Raúl Barrera, head of the INAH Urban Archaeology Program, has selected a fascinating range of objects from a number of different Mexican museums for this exhibition. ..more