Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Philbrook
Oct 07, 2020 - Jan 03, 2021

Member Preview dates start September 25 through October 4.

Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and scholars, Hearts of our People is the first major traveling exhibition of artwork by Indigenous women of the past and present, honoring the achievements of over 100 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs—from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographic portraits, —show astonishing innovation and technical mastery. Philbrook is the final stop for this groundbreaking exhibition, and our presentation will include pieces from the collection representing local communities selected by a group of Oklahoma Native advisors:

  • Heather Ahtone (Chickasaw/Choctaw)
  • Ruthe Blalock Jones (Peoria/Shawnee/Delaware)
  • Anita Fields (Osage)
  • America Meredith (Cherokee)
  • Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche)
  • Mary Jo Watson (Seminole)

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Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, with contributions from Philbrook Museum of Art.

This exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Philbrook’s presentation of Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and donors to Philbrook’s Exhibition Series. Exhibition educational and outreach programming is supported by the Flint Family Foundation. Additional funding for this project is provided by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.