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Spirit of Creation: Works on Paper by Native American Artists

Information about exhibitions at Albuquerque Museum's Angelique + Jim Lowry Gallery for Works on Paper.

Spirit of Creation: Works on Paper by Native American Artists

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Cree/Shoshone/Salish; born 1940 Flathead Reservation, Montana; lives Corrales, New Mexico)
Earth People, 2011
four-color lithograph
Gift of Marjorie Devon
PC2016.38.5

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Cree/Shoshone/Salish; born 1940 Flathead Reservation, Montana; lives Corrales, New Mexico)
"Earth People," 2011
four-color lithograph
Gift of Marjorie Devon
PC2016.38.5

March 25 to Nov. 5, 2017

While many people have specific ideas in mind when thinking “Native American art,” this selection of works on paper from the Albuquerque Museum’s permanent collection is sure to contain surprises. Whether the subject matter is culturally specific or remains more oblique, each of these artists draw particular strength and inspiration from their heritage. Like all artists, they marry tradition to populist or avant-garde attitudes, but often in a complex synthesis given particular richness and depth from indigenous contexts and perspectives.

New Mexico artists Harrison Begay (Diné), Fred Kabotie (Hopi), and Pablita Velarde (Tewa) were all students of Dorothy Dunn, an art teacher and patron at the Santa Fe Indian School. The “Studio Style” they developed paved the way for the diverse array of Native artists who followed. In some cases these included their own children, like Michael Kabotie and Helen Hardin (Velarde’s daughter), who responded to their times while continuing to transmit cultural inheritance. Jaune Quick-To-See Smith  (Cree/Shoshone/Salish) and Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), both born outside of New Mexico but with deep ties to the state, became internationally known for cutting-edge imagery and techniques. "Spirit of Creation" includes works by artists from across North America, including Diego Romero (Cochiti), T.C. Cannon (Kiowa), Marie Watt (Seneca), John Nieto (Mescalero Apache), and Simon Tookoome (Inuit).

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Elaine de Kooning, 1920 - 1989
"Juarez" (detail), 1959, oil on canvas
Collection of Albuquerque Museum