UCROSS — “Wildlife, Pattern, and Identity: Contemporary Native American Work from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” opened at the Ucross Art Gallery Saturday. The show features 21 works by 10 distinguished Native American artists and will be on view through Oct. 1.
A reception will take place Aug. 25 and is open to the public at no charge. The event will include a reading by acclaimed Native American poet Sherwin Bitsui (Navajo), who will be a writer-in-residence at Ucross. All costs associated with this exhibition have been generously contributed by Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.
“Artists have always been chroniclers of our time,” Schnitzer said in a press release from Ucross. “The contemporary Native artists in this exhibition follow a proud tradition of helping all of us understand and honor those who came before us and lived in harmony with the land. The art in the exhibition helps us to appreciate the brilliance of the artists and engages issues that have often divided us. The impact of this exhibition is both inspirational (to experience the art) and aspirational (to better understand our cultures).”
“Wildlife, Pattern and Identity” represents three significant themes that have been important in Native American art throughout history and continuing into contemporary work. The show focuses on printmaking — linocuts, relief prints, archival pigment prints, copperplate etchings and lithographs, as well as a monoprint, monotype and drypoint print on handmade Japanese paper.
It also includes an oil painting by James Lavadour.
The exhibition was curated by artist Tad Savinar, who is a Ucross alumnus and former Ucross trustee. Savinar’s own work will be featured in an exhibition at the Yellowstone Art Museum in 2019.
During the exhibition, the Ucross gallery space will feature a video room presenting the documentary “Native Art Now!,” which examines contemporary Native American art over the last twenty-five years. “Native Art Now!” was produced in 2017 by WFYI Public Media in association with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art of Indiana. Support for the Ucross Art Gallery also comes from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.
The Ucross Foundation is located at 30 Big Red Lane in Ucross.