Anishinaabeg: Art & Power

The wonderful story of the Anishinaabeg people is told in the exhibition Anishinaabeg: Art & Power at the Royal Ontario Museum. Using art to discuss cultural traditions and their knowledge, their art was deeply influenced by inter-communtiy relationships with other indigenous groups and the arrival of Europeans to Canada. Humans, their ancestors, nature, ceremony and supernatural beings known as spirits are depicted in the artwork. It was a true honor to see the work in person on this weekend to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day in America!

 

Cahokia

Cahokia was an amazing experience!

Cahokia is the largest prehistoric site in the Americas outside of Mexico. The 2,200 acre tract, which is the central section of the ancient settlement, can be located a few miles outside of Collinsville, Illinois. It is regarded as the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico. One of the greatest cities of the world, Cahokia was larger than London in AD 1250. The Cahokia Mounds is a State Historic Site and World Heritage Site.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

In the Fall of 2015 I had the pleasure of visiting Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Highlights from my time in the Museum can be seen below:

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Louise Bourgeois “Quarantania” 1947-1953, cast 1990 From an edition of 6 Painted bronze and stainless steel “I had children around my waist. This is the origin of Quarantania. I was carrying my packages.” (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Jeffrey Gibson “What We Want, What We Need” 2014 (Found punching bag, glass beads, artificial sinew, copper jingles, nylon fringe, and steel chain) (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Adolph Gottlieb “Trinity” 1962 Oil on canvas (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Emma Marie Cadwalader-Guild “Free” 1876 Basswood (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Jeff Koons Hanging Heart (Gold/Magenta), 1994-2006. High-chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating and yellow brass. (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Alma Thomas “Lunar Rendezvous-Circle of Flowers” 1969 Oil on canvas (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Alfredo Ramos Martin “Florida Mexicana” 1936 Oil on canvas (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Louise Bourgeois “Maman” 1999 Bronze, stainless steel, and marble (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Roxy Paine “Yield” 2011 Stainless steel (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

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Kerry James Marshall “Our Town” 1995 Acrylic and collage on canvas (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015)

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts: John Hitchcock: Traces of the Plains

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037During my trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico I went to the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) “a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of/for contemporary Native art, history and culture through presentation, collection/acquisition, preservation, and interpretation. The MoCNA is recognized as the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions devoted exclusively to the display of dynamic and diverse arts practices representative of Native North America” (Museum of Contemporary Native Arts website). It is a great starting point to build your knowledge of contemporary Native arts.

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The exhibition of John Hitchcock Traces of the Plains had a deeply relevant message and encouraged viewers to think of the use of control, assimilation, war and fear that surround our society. Full of images set with US military weaponry and mythological and hybrid creatures from the Wichita Mountains in western Oklahoma, the art work consists of paper and multimedia installations of printed matter and video.

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John Hitchcock “Traces of the Plains” 2012 Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Photo by Erin K Hylton 2014.

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John Hitchcock “Cotton Electric” 2011 screenprint and ink pen on paper Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Photo by Erin K Hylton 2014.

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John Hitchcock “Epicentro” 2011-14 silkscreen on felt Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Photo by Erin K Hylton 2014.

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John Hitchcock “Epicentro (detail)” 2011-14 silkscreen on felt Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Photo by Erin K Hylton 2014.

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John Hitchcock “Epicentro (detail)” 2011-14 silkscreen on felt Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Photo by Erin K Hylton 2014.

 

 

Travel on the Edge: Santa Fe, New Mexico

On my trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico I took lots of photos of the places and pieces that brought my trip to life. Santa Fe is full of inspiration, peace and color. Enjoy!

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