Philbrook presents groundbreaking exhibition of Native women artists

Photo caption: Rose B. Simpson (Kha'p'oo Owinge (Santa Clara Pueblo), b. 1983). Maria, 2014. 1985 Chevy El Camino, 57 x 75 x 201 5/8". Courtesy Photo/Philbrook Museum of Art

Philbrook Museum of Art presents “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” the first major traveling exhibition exclusively devoted to Native women artists from all over the United States and Canada, ranging across time and media. Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and developed in close cooperation with leading Native artists and scholars, the exhibition offers multiple perspectives to enhance understanding of Native art practices and the role of women in Native communities. Hearts of Our People will be on view in the Helmerich Gallery through January 3, 2021. 

As the primary makers of ceramics, basketry, textiles, and bead- and quillwork in their communities, Hearts of Our People not only helps visitors understand the many contributions of Native women artists but also to the cultural, diplomatic, economic, and religious spheres of their own and other communities.

The exhibition features more than 100 objects from c. 1000 BCE to the present day, including textiles, baskets, beadwork, and pottery, as well as painting, photography, sculpture, poetry, video, and installation art. The works are drawn from public and private collections across North America.

The Philbrook presentation of Hearts of Our People features objects from the Museum’s permanent collection selected in consultation with an all-women Oklahoma Advisory Board convened for this purpose. Members include: curator Heather Ahtone (Choctaw/Chickasaw), artist and educator Ruthe Blalock Jones (Peoria/Shawnee/Delaware), artist Anita Fields (Osage), artist/poet/educator Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche), artist/curator/editor America Meredith (Cherokee), and scholar Mary Jo Watson (Seminole). 

Title: Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists
Dates: October 7, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Location: Philbrook (2727 S. Rockford Rd.)