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Release Date:01 Mar 2019
ISBN:9780932828408
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Native Artists of North America

Rutgers University Press
Lavishly illustrated with over 80 full-color images, this book includes original art and artifacts from the distant past as well as modern work by Native American artists from a vast array of tribes — including Cherokee, Delaware, Iroquois, Mohawk, Cheyenne, Lakota, Zuni, Pueblo, Yup’ik, Huron, Ojibwa, Arapaho, and Nez Perce. Works included are clothing (such as robes, shoes, and hats), everyday items (such as blankets, pots, jugs, and baskets) and artwork (such as paintings on animal hide and colorful figurines).

This publication, the first ever to document the Newark Museum’s important Native American holdings in a significant way, is the result of more than one hundred years of collecting and an ambitious amount of new research and interpretation.

John Cotton Dana, the museum’s founding director, refused established museum hierarchies of art, believing that such stratification was used to privilege painting and sculpture over other media and to marginalize artistic traditions that were not necessarily old or European. Dana’s drive to collect art globally and across media, underscoring the role art plays in the daily lives of real people, was all part of the same refrain: art is everything; art is everywhere; art is for everyone.

The works here highlight the vitality and persistence of Indigenous people over time and across experiences, and the tenacity with which cultural knowledge and the mastery of skill are passed on from one generation to the next. They also reflect how Native American artists and communities have been and continue to be engaged in broader historical, artistic, and economic exchanges with outsiders. They demonstrate the originality, vision, and care with which artists from different tribal nations across the continent, each with their own history and artistic traditions, express both individual ideas and shared cultural principles.

Native Artists of North America draws on the expertise of an outstanding group of internationally recognized scholars and artists. Expert commentary from Ulysses Grant Dietz, Adriana Greci Green, Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Adriana Greci Green, Susan Sekaquaptewa, Emil Her Many Horses, Wendy Red Star, Nadia Jackinsky-Sethi, D. Y. Begay, Mique’l Dangeli, and Sherrie Smith-Ferri provides important insights to help readers understand the nature and significance of the objects and artwork.

Published by Newark Museum. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.
 
Adriana Greci Green is Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas at the Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, and a Research Collaborator in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
 
Tricia Laughlin Bloom is Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum, a position she has held since 2015. Previously Bloom was Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum.
 
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