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  • Adams bequest continues to enhance richness of museum exhibitions

    by Bryan Corbin, editor of Storyteller magazine | May 01, 2017

    This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Storyteller magazine.

    During the three-month special exhibition Titan of the West: The Adams Collection of Western and Native American Art, thousands of Eiteljorg visitors were amazed by the Western paintings and Native objects that Houston busi­nessman Kenneth S. “Bud” Adams bequeathed to the museum in his will. The depth and breadth of the Adams bequest continues to enrich the museum’s exhibits and will inspire visitors for many years to come.


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    Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939)
    On the Camarillo Rancho, 1938
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Kenneth S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams

    In 2013 the museum inherited from Adams approximately 400 objects, including paintings, pottery, beadwork, weavings and other cultural items, the highlights of which were on public display during Titan of the West. Though the Adams exhibition closed Feb. 5, many of the works will be exhibited in the museum’s core galleries and elsewhere.

    First out of the gate is the Adams collection’s signature painting, the Frederic Remington oil entitled A Buck-jumper, ca. 1893. It will be on loan to the Denver Art Museum and then the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for The Western: An Epic in Art and Film beginning in May and running through early 2018. A Western action scene filled with movement as the cowboy rider strains to stay atop a bucking horse, the Remington painting is related to the artist’s exploration of the battle between nature and man as expressed in his iconic sculptures. 

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    Frederic Remington
    A Buck-jumper, ca. 1893
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Kenneth S. "Bud" and Nancy Adams

    All of the other paintings from the Adams collection will stay at the Eiteljorg and many have been incorporated into the Western galleries. Some of the works are being con­served through a project made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    This is prelude to an even bigger change: By November 2018, the Western art galleries will be completely reinstalled, embracing the best of our collection from Harrison Eiteljorg, George Gund, Bud Adams and other donors to offer the public a much more exciting view of the Art of the West. 

    Among the many Adams collection works scheduled to go on exhibit are paintings by Frank Tenney Johnson, Charles Schreyvogel, William R. Leigh, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Joseph Sharp and more. These striking paintings will complement other works exhibited in the Western galleries and will help visitors appreciate the increasing scope and quality of the museum’s collection as a whole. The Bud and Nancy Adams collection will have a continuing impact on Eiteljorg exhibitions; notably the Native American objects in the Adams gift will be incorporated into plans for changing the second-floor exhibits.

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    Joseph Henry Sharp (American, 1859–1953)
    Shelling Corn—Taos, 1937–1938
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Kenneth S. "Bud" and Nancy Adams

    An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Bud Adams grew up in Oklahoma, attended Culver Military Academy, became a wealthy business executive in the Texas oil in­dustry and shaped professional football as a founder of the American Football League and owner of the NFL Tennessee Titans. An avid collector in his later years and proud of his Cherokee heritage, Bud Adams had an eye for paintings reflecting iconic Western scenes as well as Plains Indian art, while his wife Nancy Adams was particularly fond of landscapes of the West. 

    After Bud Adams’ death in 2013 at age 90, his unannounced bequest of his entire collection to the Eiteljorg came as a thunderbolt of good fortune to the museum. As the Eiteljorg gears up to redo its Western galleries in 2018 and Native American galleries by 2021, the Adams collection will play a significant role in the transformation of these exhibitions.

    When visitors streamed through the Titan of the West exhibition from Nov. 12 to Feb. 5, their sudden appreciation for the Adams’ generosity was reflected in their comments and long lingering pauses to gaze at paintings and objects, at times with unspoken awe. If you have not yet seen the Adams works, then look for several of them in the Western galleries, and see the Titan of the West book available in the museum store. And if you enjoyed the Titan of the West exhibition, visit the Eiteljorg again to get reacquainted with a few of these remarkable works.

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    Thomas Moran (American, born in England, 1837-1926)
    The Grand Canyon, 1917
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Kenneth S. "Bud" and Nancy Adams

    Note: The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.





  • Nde'bwe'twa - Place, Relationships, and Ceremony - By Artist Jason Wesaw (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi)

    by Curator Brie Stoltzfus | Dec 02, 2016
    In December, the City Gallery, in partnership with the Eiteljorg Museum and Sagamore Institute, will celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial year with a show entitled “Nde'bwe'twa - Place, Relationships, and Ceremony.” On display will be works on paper by Potawatomi tribe member and artist Jason Wesaw. As part of the Pokagon Band, he is a member of the unique group of the Potawatomi who have remained on their traditional lands in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan.

    Because of their ability to remain on traditional land, Jason says, “the land itself is a direct connection to our ancestors...They lived here, died here, and are buried here. This place is home--we've continually inhabited these lands for many hundreds of years. And because we believe the spirits of our ancestors still roam around here and help us, we have a metaphysical means by which to re-learn our language, ceremonies, old songs, etc. These things reside in the rustling leaves in the woods, the gentle trickling of the water in the rivers, the way the birds sing talk to each other...this land teaches us who we are, just as much as human or story.”

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    Artist Jason Wesaw

    The story of Indiana’s land extends even farther back in history than its two hundred years as a State; the Pokagon Band’s stories differ on how long they have been on their lands, but in the early 17th century European explorers recorded seeing the Potawatomi in the Great Lakes region.1

    Wesaw’s art celebrates the interconnection of his Tribe’s spirituality, worldview, and ceremonies by reinforcing how physical land is interwoven with the spiritual and non-tangible parts of life. His works on paper are strikingly modern, which is part of what drew me to his work as I researched potential artists for this show; Wesaw describes his work as a “minimalist re-interpretation” that “bridges traditional tribal craft and contemporary art.” Bright blocks of color, geometric shapes, and three-dimensional elements like tassels create mesmerizing visuals.

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    Artist Jason Wesaw

    In abstracting and modernizing Tribal beliefs and symbols, Wesaw celebrates the ways that his ancestor’s knowledge “will continue to change as the world around us changes...but also how the ancient traditions and ceremonies of my people remain vital in the fast-paced world we live in today.” In this way, he pictorializes the ways ancient beliefs endure and adapt throughout time.

    In conjunction with the City Gallery Show, Wesaw will be the Eiteljorg Museum’s resident artist from November 29 through December 3, where he’ll be creating a couple of pieces inspired by his time in Indianapolis, which will then be included in “Nde'bwe'twa - Place, Relationships, and Ceremony.”

    As curator, I had the pleasure of getting to see the thoughtfulness and sincerity with which Wesaw approaches his craft and the excitement he has to share his heritage with others in a beautiful way; it’s been an honor to help bring these pieces to the City Gallery.

    Along with the City Gallery, Eiteljorg Museum, and Sagamore Institute, I invite you to learn more about an integral part of Indiana’s history, culture, and people, on December 2.

    Bio: Brie Stoltzfus, on behalf of the Sagamore Institute, worked as curator to develop this Indiana Bicentennial event at the City Gallery.

    1. http://www.pokagon.com/our-culture/history




  • Quest for the West artist Doug Hyde

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Oct 04, 2016

    Hyde 2016

    Doug Hyde

    Born 1946 in Hermiston, Oregon; lives in Prescott, Arizona

    Daybreak Star
    2016, bronze, edition of 21, 24 x 12 x 10 inches

    Daybreak Star, a Nez Perce woman named for the morning star. A blessing prayer as she faces the new day dressed in her finest clothes. “Great Spirit, hear me, four quarters of the world. A relative I am. Give me strength to walk the earth softly. May I walk the good road.” This promise is repeated daily to give thanks.


    INSPIRED BY THE LORE he learned as a youth from his grandfather and other tribal elders, Doug Hyde, whose heritage includes Nez Perce, Assiniboine, and Chippewa, expresses Indian mythology and spirit through his sculpture. Hyde attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in the early 1960s, and then the San Francisco Art Institute on scholarship. He enlisted in the Army and was seriously injured during his second Vietnam tour. During his convalescence, he learned to use power tools to cut and shape stone.

    When he returned to Santa Fe in 1972 to teach at IAIA, he brought with him the ability to transform his ideas into three-dimensional objects. Sculpting in stone and bronze remain the passion and focus of his life. In 1998, one of his sculptures was installed at the White House. In 2008, his bronze, Little Turtle, was purchased for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Cultural Resource Center. Hyde has focused most of his efforts in the past decade to help Native American tribes tell their stories with sculptures for their cultural centers. He is also sponsoring a mentor program with these tribes to work with him in his studio.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
    2013       Gilcrease Museum, Collectors’ Reserve, Williams Award for Best Sculpture
    2013       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Keepsake
    2012       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
    2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
    2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award for People
    2011       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture
    2009       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
    2008       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture

    Memberships

    National Sculpture Society, Fellow and Member, Board of Directors

    Gallery Representation

    Berlin Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
    Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
    Hayden Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
    Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
    Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico





  • Quest for the West artist Karin Hollebeke

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Oct 04, 2016

    Hollebeke 2016

    Karin Hollebeke

    Born 1949 in Wolfsburg, Germany; lives in Vernal, Utah

    Tall Tales Retold
    2016, oil, 24 x 30 inches

    The wagon was the cowboy’s home away from home. It was the center around which trail drives and roundups operated during a time when fences were few and grass was free. As evening falls, the men gather around the fire and time is spent yarning tales, when surprising wit is revealed in the most reluctant cowhands who have played the strong and silent part all day. The campfire seems to kindle the humorous twist of mind, and the expressiveness unique to the cowboy’s speech reveals itself. Stories may run from the eloquent to the nonsensical, perhaps Tall Tales Retold.


    A WESTERN PAINTER and sculptor for more than thirty years, Hollebeke lives, paints, and ranches in Utah. There she experiences a frontier lifestyle as exciting as her paintings, which depict events in the Old West. She finds that ranching life helps her capture authentic details in her dramatic scenes.

    Hollebeke first became interested in art while in her teens. After her family moved from Germany to El Paso, Texas, she learned about ranch life firsthand, an experience that sparked her interest in Western art.

    To pursue her interest in sculpture, Hollebeke studied with sculptor Ed Fraughton, an opportunity she describes as “learning the basics from the best.” Tom Lovell, another veteran Western artist, influenced her painting style. She found his candor “devastating” but found that his advice helped her find her own style, which has earned her international recognition.

    Gallery Representation

    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming





  • Quest for the West artist George Hallmark

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Oct 03, 2016

    Hallmark 2016

    George Hallmark

    Born 1949 in Joshua, Texas; lives in Meridian, Texas

    Heaven’s Gate
    2016, oil on linen, 30 x 30 inches

    Cuernavaca, one of the oldest cities in Mexico, lies about an hour south of Mexico City. Originally founded by the Aztecs, the city was given the name Cuernavaca (“cow’s horn”) by the Spanish. The imposing sixteenth-century Cathedral de la Asunción sits fortress-like two blocks west of Jardín Juárez. The entrance to the cathedral is gained through an imposing structure called Heaven’s Gate.


    BORN AND RAISED in north-central Texas, George Hallmark was an architectural designer and commercial artist before turning to easel painting. Voted the official Texas State Artist in 1988, his work can be found in many prestigious private and corporate collections, including those of Texas Instruments, the Texas Capital, MBNA, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    Hallmark’s work has been featured in many publications. He is an annual participant in the Prix de West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the  Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West show in Indianapolis, and the new West Select show at the Phoenix Art Museum.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2014       Phippen Museum, Architecture in Art, Featured Artist
    2012       Briscoe Western Art Museum, Permanent Collection
    2011       Phoenix Art Museum, The West Select, Silver Medal, Oil Painting
    2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Permanent Collection
    2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Sol y Sombra: The Paintings of George Hallmark
    2010       Contemporary Artists of the Lone Star State, featured in the book Texas Traditions
    2010       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
    2010       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Western Art and Architecture Publishers’ Award
    2009       Booth Western Art Museum, commissioned for major work
    2009       National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Miniatures and More Show, Featured Artist
    2008       National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Miniatures and More Show, Featured Artist
    1988       Texas State Legislature, Official Texas State Artist

    Memberships

    Salmagundi Club

    Publications

    Art of the West
    Southwest Art
    U.S. Art

    Western Art Collector

    Gallery Representation

    InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
    Nedra Mateucci Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    georgehallmark.com

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