My lunch time walk today took me to The National Museum of the American Indian
It was a private collection of Native American artifacts — actually the collection was the largest in the world with more than 800,000 artifacts — before it was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1989. The museum has two branches, in Washington, DC, and New York, NY, and a collections facility in Suitland, MD.
“When I made the decision that I wanted to have a career as an artist, the first thing I wanted to accomplish was to force Native American aesthetic histories into the conversation with other aesthetic histories globally.... That's what I've worked really hard for, hopefully to expand the conversation to be more inclusive, to include people like myself, but also people completely unlike myself as well." —Jeffrey Gibson
Painting: Jeffrey Gibson (enrolled citizen of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians/Cherokee, b. 1972). Infinite Anomaly #1, 2004. New York, New York. (26/5659)
Congratulations to Jeffrey Gibson, who earlier today was named one of 26 MacArthur Fellows for 2019.
Our museum has exhibited Gibson's work in Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination (2007) and Vantage Point (2010). In May 2019 the National Portrait Gallery presented his piece To Name an Other in the series IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture. Gibson's art is also featured in the upcoming exhibition Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades of Native Painting (2019–2021) at our museum in New York, in one of the later phases of the project.
See more of Gibson’s work at jeffrune or read more at https://www.macfound.org/fellows/1036/
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At the beginning of the twentieth century a modern Native New York was in its infancy. One of the many instrumental in its construction was a young Cherokee woman from Oklahoma. Ms Iva Rider had secretly advanced her age to serve with the Business Women's Unit of the YMCA overseas. She served in two capacities, as an entertainer and secretary and in both areas earned recognition for distinguished service. She returned to NYC after 18 months and continued her music career. Known professionally as Princess Atalie Unkalunt (translates to Sunshine Rider) was described by critics as a phenomenon in American music history. She would become a mentor to a young Mohawk women who came to NYC in 1930. See previous posts.
Photographs Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.