For Immediate Release

Native Life in the Americas: Artists’ Views

(Cambridge, April 6, 2011) The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Tozzer Library present a new  exhibition, Native Life in the Americas: Artists' Views. The exhibition opens May 4, 2011 in Tozzer Library and will remain on view through February 28, 2012. An exhibition opening and public reception will be held Wednesday May 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Native Life in the Americas: Artists' Views showcases the work of important though not well-known artists who focused on Native American life and culture.

This exhibition displays selected prints and books from the Tozzer Library collection, looking beyond the familiar 19th-century white male painters to include women artists, Native artists, and even one living artist. The exhibition also includes artists who were primarily illustrators, designers, and printmakers rather than painters.

The geographic focus of the exhibition is North America, though Mexico, Central America, and the Andes are also represented. The time periods in which these artists worked range from the mid-1930s through the first decade of the 21st century. Some, both Native and white, had been encouraged and supported by the Works Project Administration and similar programs during the Depression, while others’ artistic output supported them comfortably. Some were scholars as well as artists. Many worked in multiple media. Some were most productive in their adopted communities while others spent their lives comfortably close to home with their art reflecting that intimacy.

Curated by Janet Steins.

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The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture.

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“Resting Cowboys,” by Allan Houser (Apache)
Plate 68, American Indian Painters, by O.B. Jacobson and Jeanne D’Ucel, 1950. Courtesy Tozzer Library, Harvard University

High resolution images available on request. 

Exhibition Opening and Reception: Native Life in the Americas: Artists' Views

Wednesday May 4, 2011

5-7 pm, Free

Information: 617-496-1027

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