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Title Shapeshifting : transformations in Native American art / Karen Kramer Russell ; with Janet Catherine Berlo .. [and others] ; and contributions by Kathleen Ash-Milby ... [and others].

Publication Info. Salem, Mass. : Peabody Essex Museum ; New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, 2012.


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 Windsor Locks Public Library - Adult Department  704.039 SHA    Check Shelf
Description 244 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Note Catalog of an exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., Jan. 14-Apr. 29, 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Raising the bar / Karen Kramer Russell -- Expected evolution: the changing continuum / Bruce Bernstein -- Time-honored expression: the knowing of native objects / Joe D. Horse Capture -- A shore without a horizon: locating by looking anew / Jessica L. Horton -- Voicing: individuality, creativity, repetition, and change / Janet Catherine Berlo -- Famous long ago / Paul Chaat Smith.
Summary Public perception of Native American art and culture has often been derived from misunderstandings and misinterpretations, and from images promulgated by popular culture. Typically, Native Americans are grouped as a whole and their art and culture considered part of the past rather than widely present. This work challenges these assumptions by focusing on the objects as art rather than cultural or anthropological artifacts and on the multivalent creativity of Native American artists. The approach highlights the inventive contemporaneity that existed in all periods and continues today. More than 75 works in a wide range of media and scale are organized into four thematic groups: changing, expanding the imagination; knowing, expressing worldview; locating, exploring identity and place; and voicing, engaging the individual. The result is a paradigm shift in understanding Native American art.
Subject Indian art -- North America -- Exhibitions.
Shapeshifting -- Exhibitions.
Added Author Kramer, Karen, 1971-
Berlo, Janet Catherine.
Ash-Milby, Kathleen E.
Peabody Essex Museum.
ISBN 9780875772233 Peabody Essex Museum paperback
0875772234 Peabody Essex Museum paperback
9780300177329 Yale University Press cloth
0300177321 Yale University Press cloth
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