Tribal Art Exhibitions Winter 2015


1. NEW YORK- Plains Indian art at the Metropolitan Museum: It began with horses and ended in massacre. The zenith of the cultures that are celebrated in “The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky,” a wondrous show at the Metropolitan Museum, lasted barely two hundred years. It started in 1680, when Pueblo Indians seized the steeds of Spanish settlers whom they had driven out of what is now New Mexico. The horse turned the scores of Plains tribes—river-valley farmers and hunter-gatherers who had used dogs as their beasts of burden—into a vast aggregate of mounted nomads, who ranged from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, and from the Rio Grande into Canada, hunting buffalo, trading, and warring with one another. More Information: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/16/moving-pictures-art-world-peter-schjeldahl
2. PHILADELPHIA, PA.- For more than a thousand years, a cemetery on the banks of the Rio Grande Coclé in Panama lay undisturbed, escaping the attention of gold seekers and looters. The river flooded in 1927, scattering beads of gold along its banks. In 1940, a Penn Museum team led by
archaeologist J. Alden Mason excavated at the cemetery, unearthing spectacular finds—large golden plaques and pendants with animal-human motifs, precious and semi-precious stone, ivory, and animal bone ornaments, and literally tons of detail-rich painted ceramics. It was extraordinary evidence of a sophisticated Pre-columbian people, the Coclé, who lived, died, and painstakingly buried their dead long ago.
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3. NEW YORK, NY.- The figures created by Mbembe master carvers from southeastern Nigeria are among the earliest and most visually dramatic wood sculptures preserved from sub-Saharan Africa. Beginning December 9, a unique body of these works has gone on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art. Created between the 17th and 19th centuries, and striking for their synthesis of intense rawness and poetry, these representations of seated figures—mothers nurturing their offspring and aggressive male warriors—were originally an integral part of monumental carved drums positioned at the epicenter of spiritual life, the heartbeat of Mbembe communities.
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4. MEXICO CITY.- The exhibition “100 Years of the Great Temple: History of a Discovery” reconstructs, through never before published information, the first investigations begun a century ago by the archeologist and anthropologist Manuel Gamio at the site of the Templo Mayor (Great Temple) of México-Tenochtitlan. “This exhibition emphasizes his human facet and his passion for
archeology,” said Teresa Franco, the General Director of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) (The National Institute of Anthropology and History) during the inauguration of the event.
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5. DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art today announced the acquisition of an artistically significant pre-Columbian Maya vessel for its Arts of the Americas collection. This Late Classic (A.D. 700-900) ceramic vase is from the site of Quirigua in Guatemala, near the border with Honduras. Small, at only seven inches high, and striking, it features a modeled face, perhaps that of a Maya god. The vase is scheduled to go on view this summer in the Museum's Ancient Art of the Americas gallery on Level 4.
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6. CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa, a rare selection of one of the most popular and studied forms of African art from three
countries in West Africa: Comte d'Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso. Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa is the first presentation of Senufo art in the United States in the last 50 years and includes more than 160 works borrowed from nearly 60 public and private collections in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America, many of which have never before been publically displayed. More Information:


7. KLEINBURG, ON.- The mystique and spiritual power of the North are explored in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection's new exhibition Northern Narratives, running until May 17, 2015. The show features seventy works, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints that address the cultural interchange between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in the North. Also included are two film excerpts documenting Lawren Harris's 1930 trip to the Arctic. More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/76468/Works-by-the-Group-of-Seven-and-Inuit-artists-come-together-at-McMichael-in-Northern-Narratives#.VPo6FVPF9oE[/url]
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8. SEATTLE, WA.- Drawn from the celebrated Native American art collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection is organized by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and features 122 masterworks representing tribes and First Nations across the North American continent. Premiered in Seattle on February 12, 2015 at the Seattle Art Museum, the exhibition is the first traveling exhibition drawn from this collection and showcases a number of recent acquisitions never seen before by the public. More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/76657/Masterworks-of-American-Indian-art-from-the-Diker-Collection-premiere-at-the-Seattle-Art-Museum#.VPo8GFPF9oE[/url]
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