This installation features sixteen contemporary artists of Indigenous descent from throughout North America whose artworks reflect both the present moment and time-honored craft. Four of the artists invited by co-curators Shana Dumont Garr and Gina Adams chose works from Fruitlands Museum’s permanent collection to display alongside their own and wrote reflections about their choices.
Echoes in Time honors the creative continuity of Indigenous artists and their communities. Recently made paintings, prints, baskets, sculptures, video, and personal objects appear in conversation with historic objects made in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by mostly unidentified individuals. By juxtaposing the Fruitlands collections with named contemporary artists, the installation illuminates the relationship between past and present.
Exhibition Artists Norman Akers (Osage), Marwin Begaye (Diné/Navajo), Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute), Betsey Garand (French Canadian, English, Abenaki), Brenda Garand (French Canadian, English, Abenaki), Mimi Gellman (Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi/Métis), Margaret Jacobs (Akwesasne Mohawk), George Longfish (Seneca, Tuscarosa), Jacob Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu), Dillen Peace (Diné/Navajo), Sydney Jane Brooke Campbell Maybrier Pursel (Ioway), Theresa Secord (Penobscot), Alicia Smiht (Xicana), Alana Tapaha (Diné /Navajo), Summer Zah (Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, Choctaw)
Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute), "Protect Our Elders", 2020, Digital illustration, image courtesy of the artist.
53 brushes / Creative Resilience in a Time of Covid, Mimi Gellman and Yaaz Pillay
Installation view, Echoes in Time, L-R: Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute), Marwin Begaye (Diné/Navajo), Artist Unknown, Rug, Navajo, Germantown, Fruitlands Museum Collection, Norman Akers (Osage).
Installation view, Echoes in Time, L-R Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute), Marwin Begaye (Diné/Navajo), Artist Unknown, Olla, Apache (San Carlos or White Mountain Apache), Early 20th century, Sydney Pursel (Ioway), Beaded Dress, Plains, Lakota Sioux, Ca. 1910, Jacob Meders.