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  • Who's Afraid of Black Indians | Help us bring this poet to the Eiteljorg

    by Sally Dickson, Eiteljorg grants manager | Feb 02, 2015
    shonda buchanan book

    If both sides of the family are Irish it's easy to embrace and delve into a singular cultural identity, but what if one side is African American and the other side is Native American? Few of us come from only one cultural background, but sometimes we fail to connect with a part of what we are. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will join with Brick Street Poetry to bring poet Shonda Buchanan to the Eiteljorg for a reading and book signing of Who's Afraid of Black Indians?  

    Shonda Buchanan - 1 This talented, passionate professor from Hampton University in Virginia comes from an African American/Native American family whose journey moves through Indiana. Shonda will share her story through poetry; encouraging us to explore and embrace each branch of our family tree. She will inspire all of us to cherish every root that feeds our many branches.

    Shonda's program will take place Jul 29 at the Eiteljorg's newly shaded Christel DeHaan Family Terrace on the scenic Indianapolis Canal Walk.  A fun way you can help make this project possible is through the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Power2Give “crowd-sourcing” tool which has a special focus this month on new gifts from new donors. 

    The Arts Council of Indianapolis, Amos Brown, and Radio One, have sweetened the deal with challenges and incentives based on gifts of $15, $250, and $1,000. We're excited to share that we were awarded the first matching gift of $15 because we received the first donation of $15. Now, we're trying to earn the $250 gift, which is awarded to the project with the most donors each week. So, the more gifts we receive the more matching gifts we might qualify for. If you would like to help Brick Street Poetry fund the Shonda Buchanan project at the Eiteljorg, then follow this link to our project listing where you can easily and frequently make gifts:  http://www.power2give.org/go/p/8843.
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  • New Art 2.0 | Dyani White Hawk

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Feb 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 this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

    Litho Moc
    Litho Moc, 2014
    Lithograph, edition 5/9
    28 x 22 ½ inches
    Dyani White Hawk Understanding II_full image
    Understanding II, 2013
    Lithograph, edition 6/15
    22 ¾ x 17 ¼ inches

    As a woman of Lakota and European ancestry, my life experiences have been a continual negotiation of both Western and Indigenous educations, value systems, and worldviews. Through the amalgamation of symbols and motifs derivative of both Lakota and Western abstraction, my artwork examines, dissects, and patches back together pieces of each in a means to provide an honest representation of self and culture.

    Dyani White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota, born 1976) was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. White Hawk’s work often combines Lakota quillwork design with strong lines that echo blanket and moccasin patterns. Her care in using her abstractions to bring American Indian tradition into a dynamic contemporary context reveals a powerful intellect and remarkable originality.

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  • New Art 2.0 | Marie Watt

    by by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Feb 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 this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

    Marie Watt, Camp
     
    Camp, 2011
    Woodcut, edition 15/20
    20 ¾ x 16 inches

    Born to a Wyoming rancher and Seneca mother, Marie Watt (Seneca)has described herself as half cowboy, half Indian. Deeply studied in art, Watt says she "consciously draw[s] from indigenous design principles, oral traditions, and personal experience to shape the inner logic of the work I make." Much of her work, including that created at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, captures the texture and stories inherent in everyday objects. Watt was awarded an Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art in 2005. 
     
    Lodge, Marie Watt
    Lodge, 2005
    Woodcut, edition 20/20
    16 ½ x 14 inches 
    Plow, Marie Watt
    Plow, 2011
    Woodcut, edition 15/20
    20 ¾ x 16 inches
    Tether, Marie Watt
    Tether, 2011
    Woodcut, edition 15/20
    20 ¾ x 16 inches

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  • All that Glitters | New exhibit tells true stories behind America's Gold Rushes

    by DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager | Feb 02, 2015
    Eiteljorg gold hair comb cup ring nuggets
    Gold hair comb, cup, ring, and nuggets

    Loan: Courtesy of Greg and Petra Martin
    Photography by Hadley Fruits

    What could tempt a doctor and his wife to leave their children and risk their lives? Persuade financiers to gamble on risky exploits?  Redraw the face of the American landscape? The insatiable pursuit for unimaginable wealth… the lure of quick money… gold. On Mar. 7, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will open Gold! Riches and Ruin, a new exhibit that explores a valuable mineral – and all the glitter and greed attached to the desire to get it. 

    “Our guests will see gold in all its forms – gold bars, gold jewelry and gold nuggets,” says John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. “But they will also witness some of the most compelling stories ever told related to the hunt for gold.”

    Gold! Riches and Ruin will demonstrate how the hunt for gold in the West changed the demography of an entire region, and had a profound impact on Native American populations. Gold rushes lured men and women from all walks of life, from all around the world, to places like California, the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Canadian Yukon and Alaska in pursuit of wealth and adventure. 
    Eiteljorg gold spanish flat
    Spanish Flat, ca. 1852
    Photographer: Joseph B. Starkweather
    Image courtesy of the California State Library, California History Room

    Johanna gold curator
    According to Johanna Blume (pictured left), exhibit curator, visitors to the museum will get to “meet” a host of  fortune seekers. Blume says stories in the exhibit illustrate the “perseverance and adventure” involved in striking it rich, but also the “ravenousness, violence, sacrifice and failure.”

    “The show celebrates the stories of those who struck it rich, but recognizes the unlucky ones who lost everything in their quest for riches.”

    Captivating accounts from gold rush experiences, spanning the 1840s to the 1910s, told through art and artifacts will come alive through comprehensive programs, interactive media and hands-on S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities. The exhibit will also explore the broader appeal of gold up to the present day. Guests will see and experience:

    - Gold nuggets, coins, bars, jewelry and more
    - Gold mining equipment and tools
    - Paintings, journals and diaries, clothing and personal effects that belonged to prospective gold miners
    - Bars of gold salvaged from the shipwreck of the SS Central America, a steamship that sank off the Carolina coast in 1857 loaded with thousands of pounds of gold from the California gold fields
    - Science-focused activities which will lead students to think about how gold is sought, the technology used to extract it and the impact mining has on the environment.
    - An outdoor gold panning experience which will allow visitors to pan for “gold” and then use that gold to “purchase” an item in the Frank and Katrina Basile Museum Store.

    Gold! Riches and Ruin will be celebrated with an opening night party and exhibit preview, at 6 p.m., Friday, Mar. 6. Tickets range from $40 - $55. At the event guests will actually be able to search the museum for “gold.” The guest who finds the most will win gold jewelry! Gold! closes Aug. 9.
     
    Presenting sponsors of Gold! are Wells Fargo and Eli Lilly and Company Foundation with sponsorship support from Capital Group Companies and Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

     
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  • Welcome Kenaja Reaves | Our IPS Intern

    by Kenaja Reaves, Eiteljorg communications and marketing intern | Jan 30, 2015

    Kenaja in new art - Eva Lake print
    I love the way the colors come together in this Eva Lake print called Sky Over Casino. This is my favorite piece in the museum.
    Sky Over Casino,
    2012
    Lithograph, edition 4/14
    30x30 inches
    $990

    My first week at the Eiteljorg as a high school intern in the communications and  marketing department was amazing! My first day was fun and very welcoming.  I was excited when I found out I was getting my own little office space. When I first walked inside the cubicle there was a big sign that read “Welcome Kenaja Reaves!” 

    Kenaja with rabbit fur
    Examining rabbit fur.
    Kenaja with sunglasses
     

    I also got to meet all the employees and got a chance to hear what they do. The best part of my meet and greet time was getting the chance to meet the President and CEO of the Eiteljorg, Mr. John Vanausdall. Later the marketing team treated me to a better-than-delicious “Quesadilla of the Day” at the Museum Café. Seriously, that lunch made may tastebuds say, “Ooooh!”

    During my first week I began entering over 11,000 zip codes into an Excel spreadsheet. My work will help show the Eiteljorg where a lot of the museum visitors come from. I'm also learning about blogging, what PR and marketing people do and how a museum uses social media platforms to tell its story.

    Kenaja in JR
    A few days before Jingle Rails closed I got to take a picture with a local celebrity. Tracy Forner, from “Indy Style” stopped by to tour the exhibit.  

    I also got the chance to explore the museum. My first stop was Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure of course! This was the best part. The Jingle Rails display was beautiful and gave me a lot to look at. In fact, everything in Jingle Rails was made out of natural materials like sticks, leaves and dried fruit - which made it even more fascinating. I also enjoyed watching others look at this imaginative display as well. I look forward to working with everyone here at the Eiteljorg so that I can have the greatest experience possible.  

    Can't wait to see the Gold! exhibit when it opens!

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