Featured Photo: Historic and Modern Ledger Art at NMAI

Featured Photo: Historic and Modern Ledger Art at NMAI

By: 
ICTMN Staff
7/15/16

 

Check out historic and modern ledger art at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City at its current exhibit, Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains.

On display through December 4, the exhibit features 50 contemporary pieces of ledger and narrative art in various media commissioned for the show, and nine contemporary pieces as well as 17 historical artworks from the museum’s collection.

The historic pieces date back as far as 1840—some were made by Native warriors imprisoned at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), the exhibit’s curator and an artist, included legendary Plains figures and artists, White Swan (Crow), Long Soldier (Lakota/Nakota), Mountain Chief (Blackfeet), Black Chicken (Yanktonai), and Chief Washakie (Shoshone).
The commissioned pieces represent a modern take on an old style, many in new media, but they all remain close to the narrative concept of recounting deeds and stories of ancestors and relatives. Originally, Native women did not do ledger art, but they are represented in this exhibit.

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This image was featured in this week’s Indian Country Today Media Network newsletter.

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