Based on the notion of dialogue, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present explores conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures. The works illustrate the ways in which Native American art speaks of a shared knowledge and shared history while also being incredibly diverse in subject matter and medium. Organized into three themes, or types of dialogue, the exhibition explores how Native American artists relate to the natural world, their community, and the outside world and how those relationships affect their identity and work. Curated by Dr. Johanna Minich, Assistant Curator of Native American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Hear My Voice presents works from drawn from the VMFA Collection as well as loans from other institutions and individuals.
Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and will be on view at the MSV through July 22, 2018. The statewide tour is generously sponsored by The Schiller Family. The presentation of the exhibition at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is made possible, in part, by the extraordinary support of the MSV Compass Society. Following its MSV display, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present will travel to the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia.
Pictured above is a detail of: Four Seasons (Winter), 2006, printed 2016, Wendy Red Star (Crow, born 1981), archival pigment print on Sunset fiber rag mounted on Maxx Metal. 2016.213-.216. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Aldine S. Hartman Endowment Fund.