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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Contemporary Native American Ledger Art

amiotte dwayne wilcox lindahaukaas terrance guardipee

Drawing on Tradition

August 14 through December 19, 2010

Despite being stylistically diverse, the works in this exhibition are all linked both conceptually and formally to the tradition of Plains Indian ledger art of the nineteenth century. Created by artists who employ visual narrative as a means of exploring their cultural heritage and issues of present-day Native experience, these works may be read as expressions of solidarity and survival in the twenty-first century.

Generously funded by Jonathan L. Cohen, Class of 1960, Tuck 1961.

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Linda Haukaas, Return from War Dance, 2003, colored pencil, graphite, and ink on ledger paper. Purchased through the Alvin and Mary Bert Gutman 1940 Acquisition Fund and the Hood Museum of Art Acquisitions Fund; D.2004.23

Related Events

25 September, Saturday, 2:00 PM
Contemporary Native American Ledger Art: Drawing on Tradition

29 September, Wednesday, 6:30–8:00 PM
Art and Creative Writing
Get inspired at the museum as you try your hand at poetry and creative prose! Museum staff will lead participants in a number of simple, evocative writing activities with works of art. No previous art or writing experience is necessary. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 by September 27 to register.

3 November, Wednesday, 6:30–8:00 PM
Drawing for Survival: Native American Drawings from the Great Plains
In this discussion-based workshop, we’ll explore historic and contemporary Native American drawings from a variety of Plains cultures. Historically, these drawings were created by warrior-artists to recount and celebrate their heroic deeds. During the reservation era, they depicted the struggle for cultural survival. Recently, contemporary artists have referenced these drawings as expressions of Native solidarity and self-identity in their own work. In the studio, we’ll explore the idea of drawing personal moments and stories. No previous art experience necessary. Call (603) 646-1469 by November 8 to register.

13 November, Saturday, 2:00 PM
Contemporary Native American Ledger Art: Drawing on Tradition and Native American Ledger Drawings from the Hood Museum of Art: The Mark Lansburgh Collection

Last Updated: 9/23/10