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Neo Native: Toward New Mythologies
January 4 @ 8:00 am - January 11 @ 5:00 pm
More than 40 works by 11 contemporary indigenous North American artists will be featured in an exhibition at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Curated by artist Tony Abeyta, Neo Native: Toward New Mythologies gathers together an unprecedented array of paintings, photography, ceramics, glass, mixed media installations and video. This impressive display will be on view in The Maloof’s Jacobs Education Center gallery from June 4, 2017 through January 7, 2018.
The exhibition will present the visions of artists informed by traditions within tribal cultures, but whose themes express a newfound contemporary narrative. The works reveal how the artists’ cultural mythologies continue in works created to reflect and illuminate contemporary society.
“We are exploring ways that traditional forms and practices, iconography and ancestral mythologies influence the expression of contemporary native artists’ urbanity, modernity, technology and social priorities,” said Abeyta.
Many of the artists are well-known nationally and internationally, with works found in a variety of museums and private collections. The selections represent a cross-section of indigenous cultures in America and Canada, with some works made especially for this exhibition. “A couple of the artists are including new works in response to the protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota,” said Abeyta.
Featured artists (and tribes) include: Christi Belcourt (Michif), Gerald Clarke, Jr. (Cahuilla), Craig George (Navajo), Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw), Monty Little (Navajo), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Lakota), Kent Monkman (Cree), Cara Romero (Chemihuevi), Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) and Preston Singletary (Tlingit). Paintings by Tony Abeyta (Navajo) will also be on display.
The exhibition will include public programming with artists and scholars participating in
planned workshops and panel discussions. A symposium developed in collaboration with
the California Center for the Native Nations at the University of California, Riverside, is
planned for Fall 2017. Program details will be available later this spring.
Learn more about this exciting exhibition and the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts at http://www.malooffoundation.org/