On view: Native arts go up close and personal at the Denver Art Museum
Last Sunday, the Denver Art Museum's American Indian Art Galleries suddenly got a whole lot more personal: That's when DAM native arts curator Nancy Blomberg unveiled a whole new way of looking at Indian art to the public, by celebrating the individual talents of heretofore unrecognized artists and craftsmen. The new displays include both old favorites and challenging new works, as well, and some of the arrangements are simply stunning. Here's a look at some of the works: (Photos courtesy of the Denver Art Museum)
Willie Seaweed, Kwakwaka'wakw, "Wild Man of the Woods Mask," 1900.
Artist not known, Crow, man's shirt, 1890s. Leather, ermine, beads, paint. Denver Art Museum; Native arts acquisition fund.
Artist not known, Navajo, eyedazzler-style rug, about 1885. Denver Art Museum; Gift of The Douglas Society.
Artist not known, Wailaki tribe, condor feather cape, late 1800s. Denver Art Museum; Native Arts acquisition fund.
Charles Edenshaw, Haida, hat, date unknown. Denver Art Museum; Native Arts acquisition fund.
Jeffrey Gibson, Mississippi Band Choctaw-Cherokee, Natura Non Facit Saltum, 2005. Denver Art Museum; William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection, by exchange.
New views of old traditions:
Allan Houser, Chiricahua Apache, "Apache Crown Dance," 1952. Denver Art Museum; Gift of Margaret Davis, Cornelia and Josephine Evans.
Mateo Romero, Cochiti, "Voices at Wounded Knee, Series #2," 2008. Denver Art Museum; William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection, by exchange
A mask of the Pacific Northwest:
George Walkus, Kwakwaka'wakw, "Four-faced Hamat'sa Mask," about 1938. Denver Art Museum; Native Arts acquisition fund.
Find the American Indian Art Galleries on the second and third floors of the DAM's North Building. The Denver Art Museum is at 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, between Broadway and Bannock.