Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes

August 10, 2013 – June 15, 2014

National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY

2nd Floor, West Gallery

Works by such modern masters as Norval Morrisseau, George Morrison, Blake Debassige, and Daphne Odjig are juxtaposed with historic, ancestral objects to reveal the stories, experiences, histories, and deep indigenous roots of the Anishinaabe in the Great Lakes region. These artists, each in his or her own way, sought visual expression for the spiritual and social dimensions of human relations with the earth. These same sources of inspiration are visible in such traditional Anishinaabe arts as dodem or clan pictographs on treaty documents; bags embroidered with porcupine quills; painted drums; and carved pipes, spoons, and bowls. The continuity of Anishinaabe art emphasizes traditional Anishinaabe spiritual perceptions that are very much part of Anishinaabe identity today.

Related Smithsonian book: Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes (2013)