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  • New Art 2.0 | George Flett (Spokane tribe, 1946 - 2013)

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Jan 02, 2015
    New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints, many created by Eiteljorg Fellows and contemporary Native and Non Native artists. It is a blend of “op art,” landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Approximately 90 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $500 - $4000.  New Art 2.0 closes Feb. 8, 2015.
    George Flett - Prairie Chicken
    Prairie Chicken Dancer. Flashing His Powers Through His Mirror, 2007
    Monoprint, edition 1/1
    22 ⅛ x 30 inches
    SOLD!

    George Flett learned much about of his Indian heritage from his mother, including tribal lore and traditional art forms. Graduating from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1966, Flett went on to study at the University of Colorado and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. He began working full-time as an artist in 1983, creating work in several media that reflects, among other things, his Native background—including several representations of the colorful Prairie Chicken Dance— and his rodeo experience as a champion bull rider. He lived and worked near Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

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  • Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure

    by Tamara Winfrey Harris, Eiteljorg vice president of communications and marketing | Nov 24, 2014
    Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, presented by Indiana Rail Road, has made its return for the holiday season at the Eiteljorg Museum. By now, you’ve probably made this exhibit a winter tradition. You know, even if you’ve visited our locomotive wonderland more than once, there are still plenty of new things to discover in the hand-crafted, intricate layout. Don’t believe us? Here are five things we’ll bet you didn’t know about our popular holiday exhibit.
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    1. One of the first replicas guests see upon entering Jingle Rails is the Eiteljorg Museum. The real-life museum exterior consists of nearly 12,000 pieces of hand-sorted Minnesota dolomite, a stone whose color and texture creates the feel of a Southwestern pueblo. The elves behind our holiday exhibit—Paul Busse and his team at Applied Imagination—have re-created the distinctive façade with a less exotic material—cork.

      Jingle rails - installation
    2. Setting up the full exhibit in the Eiteljorg’s Clowes Court takes only three days from the time trucks roll in carrying “pods” that are transformed into our nation’s national parks to when the final layer of “snow” is added.

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    3. Yes, that is the voice of Bob Lamey you hear booming from Lucas Oil Stadium in Jingle Rails. The original exhibit audio featured the veteran Indianapolis Colts radio announcer calling an iconic Super Bowl play by Peyton Manning. The audio was updated when Manning moved to the Denver Broncos in 2012.
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    4. It’s impossible to completely capture the awe-inspiring natural beauty and unique features of America’s parks. But Applied Imagination works extra hard to “wow” visitors to the parks re-created in Jingle Rails. The tallest point in the actual Glacier National Park is Mt. Cleveland, which stretches nearly 10,500 feet into the sky. The peak of our Glacier National Park is 69-inches—pretty impressive in its own right.
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    5. How do you replicate a building nearly every Hoosier knows, like the Indiana State Fair’s Normandy Barn? Easy! Well, easy if you’re one of the artists at Applied Imagination, who recognize that eucalyptus leaves make the perfect roof; acorn caps, mahogany pods and cedrella seeds can become weather vanes; coconut hulls look just like cows; sea grape leaves can become doors and contorted witch hazel a downspout.

    Jingle Rails highlights include:

    • Seven ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains
    • Nearly 1,200 feet of track
    •  13 overhead walkunder bridges
    • More than 30 features including the Indianapolis, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, One America Tower, Mt. Rushmore, The Grand Canyon, Old Faithful geyser (It actually erupts!) and Golden Gate Bridge

    Jingle Rails
    closes on Monday, January 19.Jingle Rails is sponsored by: Indiana Rail Road, One America and Chase Bank.

     
    CSP-13-303-10While you're here for the trains, stay for the art! Through Feb. 8, 2015, visitors can experience an exhibition of contemporary prints from emerging and established artists. New Art 2.0, highlights work from more than 50 Native and non-Native American artists.  The exhibit presents approximately 90 limited-edition prints –all archivally framed, offering protection from light exposure. Prices for the work range from $350 to $3,800. (Pictured: Rick Bartow, Bird Hat, monoprint, 30 1/8 x 22 1/2)






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  • New Art 2.0 | Exhibit and sale opens Saturday, Nov. 1

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt and Ashley Holland | Oct 29, 2014
    Bird Hat 

    Rick Bartow (Wiyot of Northern California), Bird Hat, 2013, monoprint, edition 1/1, 30 1/8 x 22 1/2 in. Print courtesy Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Photograph by Hadley Fruits.

    Collector. Patron. Donor. These are a few of the words museum insiders like to use. They sound impressive. How can someone become associated with one or all of these words? How do they become more than words that give meaning to people’s lives, both personally and for the public? It is art, but is it good? Who makes those determinations? How? It was these questions and ideas that led to the creation of New Art 2.0.

    Feddersen and Lavadour
    Feddersen (Colville Confederated Tribes) and James Lavadour (Walla Walla), Untitled (Amongst Friends series), 2010, monotype, edition 1/1, 15 x 22 3/8 in. Print courtesy Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Photograph by Hadley Fruits.

    The New Art of the West series is not a new concept. It is the exhibition that helped to establish the Eiteljorg contemporary collection and in particular planted the seed of interest in Native American contemporary work that has become the hallmark of the contemporary collection. The series promoted cultural variety and diverse traditions as well as time-honored practices in landscape, portraiture, and still life. New Art 2.0 takes its cue from the exhibition that produced nine shows and catalogues and highlighted the best emerging and established contemporary artists working in the West today.

    Eva Lake, Golden
    Eva Lake (American, born 1956), Golden no. 2, 2012, lithograph, edition 14/14, 30 x 30 in. Print courtesy Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Photograph by Hadley Fruits.
     
    We are grateful to the patrons and collectors who supported our initial efforts at collecting during the museum’s 25 years. As the museum looks to the next 25, it also ushers in a new generation of patrons and collectors with New Art 2.0. This next exhibition is a fitting complement to the collecting opportunities found in Quest for the West and our annual Indian Market and Festival.

    Working in partnership with Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art , with a little help from Todd Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, New Art 2.0 includes prints by Native and non-Native contemporary artists and features many artists whose work is already in the Eiteljorg permanent contemporary collection. Native artists Joe Feddersen, Marie Watt, Jim Denomie, Truman Lowe, and Kay WalkingStick, to name a few, are coupled with non-Native artists such as Dale Chihuly and Storm Tharp.

    Damien Gilley, Everything Incorporated
    Damien Gilley, Everything Incorporated, 2014, lithograph, edition 1/12, 22 x 30 in. Print courtesy Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Photograph by Hadley Fruits.

    So to answer a few questions new patrons and collectors may have, owning artwork creates an affinity and affiliation with artists and organizations, and a curiosity and empathy for broadening world views. Patronage at any level indicates a responsibility and embodies idealism toward humanity and the musing of mere mortals.

    Can one piece of art really incite so much? We have seen it happen again and again. Let it happen to you.

     New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints, many created by Eiteljorg Fellows and contemporary Native and Non Native artists. It is a blend of “op art,” landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Approximately 90 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $500 - $4000. 
     
     

     

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  • The Kersting Collection of Southwestern Cultural Arts

    by James H. Nottage, Eiteljorg vice president and chief curatorial officer | Oct 03, 2014

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    Weavings in the Eiteljorg's Southwest gallery.


    Have you visited the Eiteljorg’s Native American galleries lately? Changes began taking place in July and the major reason for this is that we have taken the opportunity to feature donations from Helen Cox Kersting in the Southwest and California sections.  Helen has continued to actively support the museum, joining us with her companion Donald DeWitt at the 25th anniversary gala in late May. Just a few months ago, collections and curatorial staff visited their home in Arizona to pack and move the last of Helen’s collection to Indianapolis. To date, Helen Kersting has donated an astonishing collection of jewelry, pottery, weavings, Katsina carvings, baskets, paintings and other objects numbering over 1,000 items!

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    Eva Salazar (Kumeyaay), snake basket, 1990-2008, installed in newly created basket exhibit. Gift: Courtesy of Helen Cox Kersting in memory of Dr. Hans Joachim Kersting.

    Helen Cox Kersting 2013For the Eiteljorg staff, working with Helen Kersting has been a highlight of our careers. For the future of the Eiteljorg Museum, we have gained significant strength in our collection with masterworks from Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Acoma, Zia, San Juan, and other cultures. Prior to 2008, our collection expressive of these cultural areas was small and undistinguished.  Today, our holdings are admired by colleagues, artists and the general public. When the original Kersting gift was exhibited and published in 2010 the greatest obvious strengths were in pottery and jewelry. In the years since, Helen has focused on adding to these areas while building strength in other areas of the collection. In particular this is true of Katsina carvings and Navajo weavings. New installations in the gallery are now featuring some of the weavings, more baskets, and jewelry.  In coming months you will see additional evidence of how the collection has been enriched.

                We all deeply appreciate what will be the lasting legacy of Helen Cox Kersting’s collection at the Eiteljorg Museum.  When you visit, admire her contributions. Consider writing a letter of thanks to her and send it to my attention at the museum. I know she would appreciate your thoughts.

    NA GALLERY CHANGES 3Larry Vasquez (Aztec/Mayan/Mescalero Apache, born 1947), necklace of Lone Mountain fossil turquoise and gold. Gift of Helen Cox Kersting, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Eiteljorg Museum.
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  • Navajo Rugs, Buckaroo Bash and a Halloween Event Just for Adults | October Calendar of Events

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Oct 02, 2014

     October gives visitors plenty of chances to learn, play and party at the Eiteljorg!
      

     
    Dawn Dark Mountain (Oneida of Wisconsin), Beneath the Ever Growing Tree 

    Saturday
    Oct. 4
    1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Meet Artist-in-Residence Dawn Dark Mountain (Oneida of Wisconsin)
    Dawn specializes in transparent watercolors. In addition to her paintings, she creates linoleum and wood-block prints that are then completed with watercolor. Visitors can learn about Dawn’s culture and watch as she demonstrates her techniques.
     

    Navajo Rug Auction at the Eiteljorg Museum

    Saturday
    Oct 4
    Navajo Rug Auction

    9:30-11:00 a.m.    Preview 
    11:30 a.m.            Auction Begins
    Navajo rugs in traditional and contemporary designs from the R.B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post in Arizona will be auctioned. Prices range from less than $100 to $10,000. 
      
    Presse_When_Thou_Art_Gone
    Quest artist Heide Presse, When Thou Art Gone to Western Land, 2014, Oil on Linen, 26 x 26 inches
    Sunday
    Oct. 5
    Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale closes at 5 p.m.  


    DG House (Cherokee of NE Alabama), Ancestors Yet to Come
     
    Saturdays
    Oct 11, 18 and 25

    1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

    Meet Artist-in-Residence DG House (Cherokee of NE Alabama)
    Contemporary Native American artist, DG House, will share her art and culture. Guests may also watch her demonstrate her mixed media and painting techniques.
     
    Saturday
    Oct. 18
    10 a.m. – Noon
    Ledger Art Workshop
    Join artist-in-residence, DG House, for this one-of-a-kind workshop and learn about the history of ledger art explained through the story of the Battle of Little Bighorn. With DG’s guidance, participants will create their own personal ledger art to take home. Materials Fee: Non-Members $12. To pre-register by Oct.11, call 317.275.1370.



    Saturday
    Oct. 18
    7 p.m.
    Leather and Lace |The 17th Annual
    Buckaroo Bash
    The Buckaroo Bash is one of the Eiteljorg’s biggest fundraisers. Proceeds from the event purchase art supplies for visiting students and support education programs such as artists in residence, gallery interpreters, and Eiteljorg Museum to the Classrooms: Stories of Diversity. RSVP by Oct. 10. by calling 317.275.1333. Price: $200


    Day of the Dead/ Dia de los Muertos at the Eiteljorg Museum

    Saturday
    Oct. 25

    11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos (photo attached)
    This year NOPAL (an Indianapolis Latino arts and culture organization), is partnering with the Eiteljorg to provide an upbeat experience during the Day of the Dead celebration. The event will include festive and thoughtful ofrendas (altars that honor deceased loved ones); art created by local artists; a mercado; and a Katrina fashion show. Entertainment will be provided by NOPAL Musicians and Anderson Ballet Folklorico. Guests may visit with New Mexican tin artist Richard Gabriel, Jr., and local contemporary papel picado artist Beatriz Schlebecker. Guests will get to create their own papel picado and tin ornament to take home.

    Friday
    Oct. 31
    8 p.m. – Midnight

    Freiteljorg with the ICO and DJ Kyle Long (an adult Halloween party)
    Celebrate the opening of New Art 2.0 by partying until the witching hour in your most haunting attire. Enjoy grown-up trick-or-treating, while grooving to an unforgettable live mash-up of modern DJ experimental sounds featuring DJ Kyle Long and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Costumes mimicking Native Americans or people of other races will not be tolerated. Price: $20 for non Agave members, $30 at the door.
     
     
     Rick Bartow (Wiyot tribe of Northern California), Bird Hat, 2013, monoprint, edition 1/1, 30 1/8 x 22 1/2, Print courtesy: Crow's Shadow Press, Photography by Hadley Fruits. 

    Saturday
    Nov 1

    New Art 2.0 opens
    Dates: Nov. 1 –Jan. 4, 2015

    New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints by contemporary Native and Western artists, many of them Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellows. It is a blend of landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Eighty limited-edition prints will be on exhibit. Prices range from $500 - $4,000. 

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