Friday, December 13, 2019

Long Sidelined, Native Artists Finally Receive Their Due

By Susannah Gardiner
The Confirmation by Julie Buffalohead (Ponca), 2009 (NMAI) 
Museums are beginning to rewrite the story they tell about American art, and this time, they’re including the original Americans. Traditionally, Native American art and artifacts have been exhibited alongside African and Pacific Islands art, or in an anthropology department, or even in a natural history wing. But that has begun to change in recent years. Paul Chaat Smith, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is one of the curators of “Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades of Native Painting,” a new exhibition at the NMAI’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. The show pushes to the foreground questions of where Native American art—and Native American artists—truly belong. [More]@SmithsonianMag

Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades of Native Painting” is on view at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, One Bowling Green, New York, New York, until autumn 2021.