Through the development of a collection of contemporary Native American arts that complements the diverse archaeological and historic Native American materials already in the Hood’s collection, the museum can now demonstrate to its public the perpetuation of traditional aesthetics, stylistic conventions, and iconographic content as well as the emergence of new means of artistic expression and cultural concerns.
Joining modern and contemporary works by Kenojuak Ashevak, Innukjuakjuk, George Morrison, Harry Fonseca, Bob Haozous, James Lavadour, and Fritz Scholder, among others, are more recent acquisitions by well-established artists such as Simon Tookoome , Allan Houser, Arthur Amiotte, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Zig Jackson, Victor Masayesva, Preston Singletary, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Bobby Martin, and Steve Deo. Emerging Native American artists whose works have been acquired recently by the Hood Museum of Art include also Linda Haukaas, Brad Kahlhamer, Norman Jackson, Nicholas Galanin, and Robert "Spooner" Marcus.
The museum has also begun in recent years to enhance its Native American collections to reflect contemporary artistic developments specific to particular regions. These acquisitions include innovative contemporary southwestern pottery as epitomized by Steve Lucas, Nona Naha, Lonnie Vigil, and Alice Cling, as well as new developments in Native basketry from Maine, as exemplified by the work of Madeline Shay, Mary Mitchell Gabriel, and Clara Neptune Keezer.
Last Updated: 1/7/09