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National Cowboy Museum to Host Traveling Exhibit of Contemporary Native American Art

Aug 16, 2006

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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum® in Oklahoma City will host a national traveling exhibit titled Reflections After Lewis and Clark–Contemporary Native American Art. Circulated by the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana, this display presents contemporary American Indian artistic responses to the Lewis and Clark expedition and bicentennial commemoration. The exhibit is scheduled to open at the National Cowboy Museum October 13, 2006, and will be on view through December 17, 2006.

No interpretation or presentation of the Lewis & Clark subject can be made without acknowledging the enormous contributions made by Native Americans toward the success of the Expedition. Reflections After Lewis and Clark–Contemporary Native American Art is designed as an opportunity for Native American artists to present the history of the Lewis & Clark Expedition from a Native American viewpoint and to express their views on the Bicentennial.

Twenty artists from 17 different tribes throughout the nation accepted Montana Museum of Art & Culture's invitation and submitted artwork exemplifying the consequences that the Expedition had for Native Americans, non-Indians, the land and the environment. The exhibition includes 31 paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and installations. Accompanying the exhibit is a major publication reproducing the artworks in full color with scholarly essays and biographies by nationally renowned Native American authors Kathleen Ash-Milby, Walter Fleming and Gail Tremblay.

Artworks by nationally and internationally recognized artists include Jane Ash Poitras (Collections: Brooklyn Museum, New York, National Gallery Ottawa), Joane Cardinal-Schubert (Canadian Museum of Civilization, National Gallery of Canada), Corwin Clairmont (Collections: Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana), Lillian Pitt (Collection: Portland Convention Center, Oregon), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Collections: Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Museum of Mankind, Vienna, Austria), and Duane Slick (Collection: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas) among others will be featured. The exhibit is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Montana Committee for the Humanities and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

The Museum will host a special opening reception for two Native American exhibits, Reflections After Lewis and Clark Contemporary Native American Art and Indian Modernism: Selections from the Silberman Collection on October 20, at 6:00 pm. For reservations call (405) 478-2250, Ext. 219.

Presenting Sponsor for the National Cowboy Museum exhibit is Arvest Bank in cooperation with Rusty Gables Guest Lodge & Gallery, Oklahoma City. The traveling exhibit will conclude its journey at Washington State Capitol Museum, Olympia, Washington.

For more information about the exhibition call (405) 478-2250. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located in Oklahoma City's Adventure District at the I-35/I-44 junction. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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