Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination

March 3, 2007 – September 3, 2007

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

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

The artists in this show use the landscape as both muse and subject. Their work embodies the .

  • Jeffrey Gibson's (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee) paintings utilize intensely colored marks, glossy and transparent pours, and pigmented silicone to depict an imaginary and fantastic environment.
  • Carlos Jacanamijoy (Inga) is inspired by both the light and sounds of Colombia's tropical rainforest and the urban cityscape of his Brooklyn home in the creation of his dramatic interior landscapes.
  • James Lavadour's (Walla Walla) elegant depictions of the landscape are rooted in his intimate relationship to the land near his home on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon.
  • Erica Lord (Inuit/Athabascan) -- an emerging artist known for work that addresses themes of race, ethnicity and gender as well as memory and home -- challenges the audience's perceptions of reality and place.
  • Emmi Whitehorse's (Navajo) multilayered abstract work explores memory and land and draws upon language and symbolism.