Native Artists of North America
Long term installation
Newark, New Jersey
Featuring more than 100 rarely exhibited objects from throughout the United States and Canada, Native Artists of North America showcases an exciting selection of works from the permanent collection, dating from the early 19th century to the present, including many objects never before exhibited.
This long term installation celebrates the great diversity of styles, media and creativity of native artists and places them in the broader context of American art. Among the works on view are expertly woven Pomo baskets, exquisite hand-made items of dress from across the continent, and Southwestern pottery and textiles. Other highlights include works by the Haida master carver Charles Edenshaw and Pueblo painters Fred Kabotie, Tonita Peña and Awa Tsireh. Additional works by contemporary Native American artists are installed in adjacent galleries, including recent acquisitions by Jeffrey Gibson and Preston Singletary.
Collaboratively curated by a team of Native American artists and scholars from around the country, Native Artists of North America brings together the expertise and talent of many leading specialists in the field of Native American art. By placing these reinterpreted collections in close proximity to Newark’s American galleries, the Newark Museum underscores the importance of Native American art as American Art, and celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of Native artists past and present.
Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal; 1898-1955)
San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico
Bird, ca. 1930
Watercolor and black ink on paper, 14 1/16 x 11 1/16 in. Gift of Amelia Elizabeth White, 1937 37.224