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WFYI Public Television and Eiteljorg Museum partner on enlightening documentary that examines the evolution of contemporary Native art

by Bert Beiswanger | Dec 07, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY:

WFYI Public Television and Eiteljorg Museum partner on enlightening documentary that examines the evolution of contemporary Native art

“Native Art Now!” airs Thursday, Dec. 14, on WFYI 1

WHAT: Native Art Now! documentary

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14

WHERE: WFYI 1 Indianapolis (channel 20.1)

Re-broadcast: Friday, Dec. 15 at 4 a.m. on 20.1; and Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. on WFYI 3 (channel 20.3)

“What I want people to take away from my work is a sense of humanity. I want people to recognize that Native people are human beings and our history is everybody’s history.”
- Wendy Red Star (Crow, b. 1981)

Native Art Now!, an enlightening, thought-provoking documentary airing Dec. 14 on WFYI 1, examines the evolution of contemporary Native art over the last 25 years, presenting personal perspectives from internationally acclaimed contemporary Native artists. Native Art Now! is a collaboration of WFYI Public Television and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, home to one of the nation’s best collections of contemporary Native art.

What distinguishes contemporary Native art from traditional contemporary art? “About 15,000 years,” explains Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art at the Eiteljorg. “Contemporary Native artists have knowledge about their ancestors, traditions and lives that spans thousands of years. That changes the way you see the world.”

Since 1999, the Eiteljorg Museum’s nationally renowned biennial Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship has recognized leading Indigenous artists in the United States and Canada. This year’s retrospective exhibition, also called Native Art Now!, is on view at the Eiteljorg through Jan. 28, and the project also includes a major book, a recent symposium of artists and the feature documentary film.

“Native Americans have a storied history and occupy a very unique place in our culture, and their art reflects that,” WFYI President and CEO Lloyd Wright said. “The stories behind this wide collection of works from Indigenous artists are fascinating, and we’re excited to share those on WFYI through ‘Native Art Now.’”

Native Art Now! trailer

Produced by WFYI Public Media in partnership with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Made possible with the generous support of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Additional funding is provided by The Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation

More information on Native Art Now! at www.eiteljorg.org/NativeArtNow.  

About the Eiteljorg:

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the Indigenous peoples of North America. Located on the Central Canal at 500 West Washington St., the Eiteljorg Museum recently was named one of the USA Today Readers’ Choice 10 Best Indiana Attractions.

About WFYI Public Media

As a PBS and NPR member station that also produces local and original content, WFYI Public Media serves the public through six 24/7 digital broadcast services. WFYI Public Radio operates on two distinct stations – 90.1 FM and 90.1 HD2 The Point, while WFYI Public Television operates three DTV services (20.1, 20.2 and 20.3). Through intentional community engagement, WFYI has a strong education component, particularly as a hub for the public media initiative American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, and an ongoing public presence as an organization that amplifies the voices of our community. Additionally, WFYI runs the Indiana Reading and Information Service (IRIS), a reading service for visually - and literacy-impaired people. Learn more at www.wfyi.org.

Media Contacts:

Bert Beiswanger
Director of Marketing and Communications
317.275.1317
bbeiswanger@eiteljorg.com

Bryan Corbin                                      
Public Relations Manager                   
317.275.1315
bcorbin@eiteljorg.com

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