Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Wausau, WI

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Native America: Reflecting Contemporary Realities

February 28 - April 5, 1998

Maynard White Owl, Blanket Capote, n.d., wool blanket, glass beads

Native American artists of every generation have interpreted their relationship to a dynamic, constantly evolving world with art that is traditional in spirit and contemporary in form.


Bernadine Delorme, Western Shoshon, Lidded Basket, 1992, beads, willow


The 54 works in this exhibition, created by 27 artists from nine geographic regions, present multiple viewpoints derived from artists of diverse backgrounds who employ both traditional and contemporary materials and styles. You will find beads, ivory, feathers, leather and trade cloth juxtaposed against plastic, glass, aluminum, bronze and brass, and even a computer chipboard.


Peter Jones, "Waiting and Wondering," 1990, stoneware, 15 x 9 x 9 inches

The exhibition will also feature an "Honoring Circle," a six-foot installation created by exhibition curator Sara Bates (Cherokee) of San Francisco. Working directly on the floor, Bates spends several days bringing together an array of natural materials in a powerful expression of harmony and wholeness.


Norm Delorme, Paiute/Washoe "Arrowpoints" Basket, 1992, willow and redbud beads, 3 x 4 1/2 inches


It has often been said that the Native American lives between two worlds - that of the traditional lifestyle of one's ancestors and the realities of modern society. This theme permeates a day-long event that will mark the exhibition opening on Saturday, February 28.

"Walking in 2 Worlds: A Celebration of Native American Realities" will include Ojibwe stories; a family festival focusing on Menominee traditions; a keynote address by Wisconsin artist Truman Lowe (Hochunk/Winnebago) a panel discussion including Bates and three artists exhibiting in Native America, and a gallery walk led by Bates. The Wisconsin Humanities Council has awarded the Museum a $5,000 grant for "Walking in 2 Worlds."

Sara Bates curated the exhibition for American Indian Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. It is touring nationally under the auspices of Exhibit Touring Services, Eastern Washington University, Cheney.

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