The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is hosting its annual Native Art Market on December 3rd and 4th at its Washington, D.C. and New York City locations. Contemporary and traditional works will be available for purchase. In Washington, the market will be in the Potomac Atrium from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on both days. In New York City, the market will be in the Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.
The work of more than 35 notable Native artists will be featured at each venue and there will be traditional and contemporary jewelry, basketry, paintings, sculpture, beadwork, photography, and fine apparel. Artists were chosen through a competitive process and include jewelry designer Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw Nation), fashion designer Peter Williams (Yupik), painter and illustrator Monte Yellow Bird Sr. (Three Affiliated Tribes).
Here are some examples of artistic works:
A first-look preview party will be held at both NMAI locations on Friday, December 2.
The museum’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York City is hosting its ticketed preview from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to purchase works ahead of the main event. There will be a cocktail reception and artist talk at 4:00 pm: “Unique Art Forms in Native Design,” moderated by Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), beadwork artist and curator of the exhibition “Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains.” Tickets start at $50 ($40 for members) and can be purchased online by calling (212) 514-3750, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NMAI Washington museum is hosting its members’ preview 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Admission is free and no tickets are required.
A complete listing of participants for each of the NMAI Native Art Markets is available online at http://nmai.si.edu/artmarket/.
In addition to the Art Market, the NMAI online store offers many books and CDs covering history, culture and music of the Western Hemisphere. The catalog for the exhibition “For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw,” has many essays about the stories behind the photographs that have recently gone on display in Washington, D.C. (The show ran in New York City in 2014-2015).
Another exhibition catalog that might be of interest because of the historic resistance actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline taking place at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations,” edited by Suzan Shown Harjo.
In its mission statement online, The National Museum of the American Indian expresses a commitment to “advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present, and future—through partnership with Native peoples and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life.”
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