WEAVING PAST INTO PRESENT
Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking
International Print Center New York opens its 2015/16 Season with Weaving Past into Present: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking, an exhibition of current prints by Native American artists living and working across North America. Over forty works by twelve artists are included with techniques ranging from lithography, etching, silkscreen, linocut and monoprint, to three-dimensional multi-media constructions. Affiliations of the artists include Mohawk, Seneca, Navajo, Flathead/Salish, Chiricahua Apache, Cree, Plains Cultures, Colville Confederate Tribes and Wiyot.
Weaving Past into Present has been organized in collaboration with Sarah Diver, Project Coordinator, who is contributing the curatorial essay for the exhibition. Ms. Diver writes: "This exhibition focuses on the work of current indigenous printmakers who utilize...history as a visual language...Grounding their work in the images, textures, and experiences of the colonial era, artists layer old and new, past and present to explore how the attitudes which shaped 19th-century policies and practices continue to resonate in popular culture today."
Artists included in the exhibition are: Lynne Allen, Rick Bartow, Joe Feddersen, John Hitchcock, Brad Kahlhamer, Jason Lujan, Alan Michelson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Jewel Shaw, Marie Watt, Emmi Whitehorse, and Melanie Yazzie.
International Print Center New York is a non-profit institution founded in 2000 to promote the greater appreciation and understanding of the fine art print. Through innovative programming, it fosters a climate for the enjoyment, examination and serious study of artists' prints - from the old master to contemporary.