Exhibition | Artistic Encounters with Indigenous America

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on November 23, 2018

From The Met:

Artistic Encounters with Indigenous America
The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, 3 December 2018 — 13 May 2019

Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin, Osage Warrior (detail), 1805–07, watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper, 18 × 16 cm (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 54.82).

This exhibition will explore how European and American artists represented Indigenous North Americans in drawings, prints, watercolors, photographs, and popular ephemera from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Through forty-five examples from The Met collection, the display will trace the evolution of this complex imagery over time, highlighting the ways in which it contributed to the creation and dissemination of myths and misconceptions about Native peoples, often justifying their dispossession, cultural destruction, and genocide. From formulaic depictions of so-called savage warriors and Indian princesses to romanticized representations of a ‘vanishing race’, these works reveal the pervasive influence of Indigenous America on the Euro-American imagination.

Artistic Encounters with Indigenous America complements the exhibition Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from 4 October 2018 through 6 October 2019.

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