Collection of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through a gift from Mary Alice Kean Raynolds and David R. W. Raynolds, Class of 1949; 2007.56
Allan C. Houser was the first Chiricahua Apache child in his family to be born in freedom in the twentieth century, twenty-seven years after the surrender of the Apache leader Geronimo to the U.S. Army in 1886. Today, Houser is recognized for his pivotal role in the development of modern and contemporary Native American art. Following a thirteen-year teaching career at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, Houser came to Dartmouth College as an artist-in-residence in 1979. In the next two decades he produced almost one thousand realistic and abstract sculptures in marble, wood, limestone, slate, cast bronze, and other fabricated metals.
Peaceful Serenity fuses traditional Native American motifs with the streamlined sensibility of abstract art. Emblematic of Houser's mature style, the sculpture also testifies to the artist's mastery of material and pure form as it captures the calm beauty of a mother and child figure, a narrative motif that is evident in all phases of Houser's long and highly productive artistic career.
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