Stark Museum announces opening of American Indian art gallery
Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas, announces the opening of its gallery of Native American art Creating from Traditions: Arts of the American Indians. The installation features examples from the Museum’s permanent collection highlighting beauty and artistry from diverse American Indian traditions. On view are works of beadwork, baskets, pottery, jewelry, carvings, sculptures, prints and other media.
The installation includes works of art from different culture areas primarily from the American West regions of the Northwest, Southwest and Plains. The diversity of artistic expression can be seen in the range of objects and of stylistic approaches, from abstract to pictorial. Highlights include a Hidatsa shirt with porcupine quill decoration; an arrangement of Hopi carvings; silver and turquoise jewelry from Zuni, Hopi and other Southwestern peoples; and Sioux beadwork on clothing. The objects, dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, reveal cultural adaptability as traditional techniques and approaches changed with the introduction of new materials and influences. The objects also indicate survival and flourishing, as Indian peoples continue creating artistic works of great beauty.
“With our recent remodeling, the Stark Museum now is able to devote an entire gallery to American Indian art. This gives the visitor the opportunity to see objects that previously were not on view and to see them in the context of art objects,” said Sarah Boehme, Director.
Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free for all ages. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information, call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or visit www.starkmuseum.org.