Weaving Past into Present: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking


On view: September 24 - November 10, 2015
Organized by: Sarah Diver

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Over forty works by twelve artists will be included with techniques ranging from lithography, etching, silkscreen, linocut and monoprint, to three-dimensional multi-media constructions. Affiliations of the artists include Mohawk, Seneca, Navajo, Flathead/Salish, Chiricahua Apache, Cree, Plains Cultures, Colville Confederate Tribes and Wiyot.

“Weaving Past into Present” has been organized in collaboration with Sarah Diver, Project Coordinator, who is contributing the curatorial essay for the exhibition. Ms. Diver writes: “This exhibition focuses on the work of current indigenous printmakers who utilize…history as a visual language…Grounding their work in the images, textures, and experiences of the colonial era, artists layer old and new, past and present to explore how the attitudes which shaped 19th-century policies and practices continue to resonate in popular culture today.”

Artists included in the exhibition are: Lynne Allen, Rick Bartow, Joe Feddersen, John Hitchcock, Brad Kahlhamer, Jason Lujan, Alan Michelson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Jewel Shaw, Marie Watt, Emmi Whitehorse, and Melanie Yazzie.

Workshops represented are Crow’s Shadow Press (OR); Hybrid Press (WI); LeRoy Nieman Center for Print Studies (NY); Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (OR); Tamarind Institute (NM); and Vermillion Editions Limited (TX).

IPCNY is grateful to the artists, publishers, and to the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer for so generously lending works to this exhibition.

Selected Press: The Brooklyn Rail