Form and Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics

Cover of the exhibition catalogue "Form and Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics". Cover photo by Addison Doty.
March, 2020

Edited by Jami C. Powell; with contributions by Morgan E. Freeman, Sequoia Miller, Courtney M. Leonard, Anya Montiel, Rose B. Simpson, and Roxanne Swentzell.

Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
Distributed by the University of Washington Press
Produced by Lucia | Marquand, Seattle

Available for purchase on Amazon.

2020, 103 pages

ISBN 978-0-944722-53-4

Form and Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics was published to coincide with an exhibition of the same title held at the Hood Museum of Art.

Form and Relation showcases the versatility of ceramics and its many forms through the work of seven contemporary Indigenous artists from across what is now the United States. Bringing together recent acquisitions, commissioned works, and loans directly from artists' studios, this book urges audiences to reconsider and expand their understanding of what constitutes Native American ceramics. The catalogue highlights the innovative and critical works of renowned artists Anita Fields, Courtney M. Leonard, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Ruben Olguin, Rose B. Simpson, Kali Spitzer, and Roxanne Swentzell through stunning photography by Addison Doty and critical essays by Hood Museum curatorial staff and outside scholars. In addition to shifting expectations, Form and Relation introduces new forms that demonstrate the ability of ceramics to hold complexity and wrestle with concepts like community, identity, gender, land, extraction, global climate change, colonialism, language, and responsibility.

The book Form and Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics was generously supported by the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI) through the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Publication type: Exhibition Related

Publication subject: Modern & Contemporary ArtNative America