Truman Lowe, Ho-Chunk / American, born 1944
Ho-Chunk (Winnebago)
Great Lakes Woodlands


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Corkscrew willow branch, handmade paper with watermarks, cotton fiber abaca, sisal, flax


Overall: 25 × 77 in. (63.5 × 195.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund



Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey


Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American


Native American: Woodlands

Not on view


Lawren Harris’s bold, magisterial composition serves as a summation of the artist’s theosophist belief in the unity and order of the universe and his desire to inspire a sense of elevated spirituality in the viewer. The repeated arc-like shapes integrate the composition visually and invoke universal harmony. Truman Lowe engages with familiar patterns observed in nature and more specifically within his Ho-Chunk homelands. Wing is derived entirely from wood and plant materials, recognizing the sculptural capacity of organic matter. Lowe worked intimately with corkscrew willow and had the unique ability to give the tree an aqueous quality.

From the 2022 exhibition This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art; Barbara J. MacAdam, former Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art; Thomas H. Price, former Curatorial Assistant; Morgan E. Freeman, former DAMLI Native American Art Fellow; and Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Course History

SART 76, Senior Seminar I, Brenda Garand, Winter 2015

Exhibition History

“My work is an aesthetic examination of my immediate environment, and of earlier people who lived in this region and created objects and stories reflective of their time. It involves patterns taken from nature, and forms built from materials taken from the environment. Wing is a cast paper piece. All of the materials used are taken from wood. I felt that using cast paper as a medium was justified in that I was staying with tradition but using fiber in its present-day form.” Truman Lowe, artist

Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 8, 2011-March 12, 2012.

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 5–July 22, 2022.

Publication History

George P. Horse Capture, Sr., Joe D. Horse Capture, Joseph M. Sanchez, et al., Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2011, ill. on p. 61 and p. 173, no. 145.


The Judith K. and David J. Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey; sold to present collection, 2008.

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