Double-sided Drum, ca. 1890
Chaticks-si-Chaticks (Pawnee) artist
Rawhide, wood, iron nails, tacks, and pigment
3 ½ x 18 inches (diam.) (8.8 x 45.7 cm)
Fenimore Art Museum, Thaw Collection, Cooperstown, New York, T0086
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor, New York
On view January 14, 2012 to April 29, 2012
Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries
Shapeshifting celebrates Native American ideas that have crossed time and space to be continuously refreshed with new concepts and expressions. Experience this vitality through sculpture, paintings, ceramics, textiles, photographs, videos and monumental installations drawn from collections in the United States, Canada and Europe. Rarely seen historic pieces, shown alongside some of the finest contemporary works, demonstrate the diversity and continuity of Native American art and culture from 200 B.C.E. to the present.
Exhibition supported in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Peck Stacpoole Foundation, the Bay and Paul Foundations, Ellen and Steve Hoffman, ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) and the East India Marine Associates (EIMA) of the Peabody Essex Museum.
The Artifact Piece
James Luna (born 1950), Puyoukitchum (Luiseño); The Artifact Piece, 1987; Photograph of performance; 48 x 60 inches (121.9 x 152.4 cm); Courtesy the artist;© James Luna, photograph by Robin Holland, New Museum.
Kevin Pourier (born 1958), Lakota; Spoon, 2008; Buffalo horn and stones; 10 ½ x 3 ¼ x 3 ⅞ inches (26.6 x 8.3 x 9.8 cm); Private collection; © Kevin Pourier, image © 2012 Peabody Essex Museum, photograph by Walter Silver.
Brian Jungen (born 1970), Dunne-Za Nation; Cetology, 2002; Plastic chairs; 63 ⅝ x 496 ¼ x 66 ⅜ inches (161.5 x 1260.4 x 168.7 cm); Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund, purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, VAG2003.8a-z; © Brian Jungen, image courtesy Vancouver Art Gallery, and Brian Jungen and Catriona Jeffries Gallery, photograph by Tomas Svab, Vancouver Art Gallery.
Fritz Scholder (1937 - 2005), Luiseño; Monster Indian (from "Super Indians" series), 1968; Oil on canvas; 18 x 20 inches (45.7 x 50.8 cm); Collection of Anne and Loren Kieve; © Fritz Scholder Estate, image courtesy Anne and Loren Kieve, and National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.