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Three Perspectives on American Indian Life
January 23 - March 22, 2015
Wagner Wing

Public Opening Reception
Thursday, March 5 from 6-8 pm

Karl Bodmer.
Mató Tópe Decorated with his War Emblems
1833
Hand-colored Aquatint Engraving
1984.008.047
Bodmer Acquisition Fund

Made possible by Louan and Glenn Rogers





This pop-up exhibition (curated from the permanent collection of the Museum of the Southwest) takes an in-depth look at artists’ depictions of the American Indian on paper media. In the first gallery, viewers explore Karl Bodmer’s depictions of American Indians from the 1830s. Bodmer traveled with the German expedition of Prince Maximilian of Wied throughout the continental United States. Bodmer made watercolor drawings of the landscapes and Indian tribes they encountered. These were turned into a limited edition of hand-colored aquatint engravings and the Museum of the Southwest owns one of the only complete suites of the prints.

In the second gallery, visitors experience the preparatory drawings made by Joseph Imhof. The drawings, which were later turned into paintings, show Imhoff’s intense process for capturing his native subjects. Imhoff lived in Taos in the 1930s and created intensely personal and specific portraits. He often invited his subjects to live in his home so he could capture the essence of each one.

In the third gallery, viewers see what happens when the Indian becomes the artist. Woody Crumbo used lithographic prints to depict many vivid Native subjects, often in the middle of ceremonial dances. The Potawatomi artist depicted subjects from his own tribe and others he worked closely with, capturing their detailed regalia and dynamic movement. Crumbo worked throughout Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma until the 1980s.

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