Apsáalooke Women and warriors
March 13 – August 21, 2020
Please note: The Neubauer Collegium is closed until further notice.
This exhibition at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society is the second chapter of the three-part curatorial project Apsáalooke Women and Warriors. Its centerpiece is a tipi-like structure that transforms the gallery into an intimate interior space incorporating the work of contemporary Apsáalooke artists featured at the Field Museum. The Neubauer Collegium exhibition functions as a mirror image, in part, of the Field Museum exhibition, which also features a tipi – though not accessible to the public. In addition, a full-size tipi invites visitors on the Neubauer Collegium’s east-facing lawn along 57th Street.
The gallery space has been built and decorated according to scenographic guidelines conceived by exhibition curator Nina Sanders. Its most striking feature is its color (a lively, visceral pink) and material (a densely draped fabric). The emphasis here, in other words, is very much on the feminine element in the exhibition title. Inside this womb-like space, the visitor encounters a historical Apsáalooke shield from the Field collection inside a custom-built vitrine, flanked by new paintings by Del Curfman, Allen Knows His Gun, Ben Pease, and Kevin Red Star. Newly made beadwork by Birdie Real Bird and Elias Not Afraid are shown on tables, and visitors are invited to handle the materials. In fact, the exhibition is conceived as a social gathering space: mats, pillows, rugs, and the like do not merely re-create the sense of an active meeting place but put the space to work. Among the materials offered for perusal in this living environment is the third chapter of Apsáalooke Women and Warriors: the eponymous accompanying book, published by the Neubauer Collegium and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Copies of the book are available for sale at the Seminary Coop Bookstore, and all proceeds benefit Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana.
Curated by Nina Sanders.
IMAGE: An Apsáalooke war shirt. Photo by John Weinstein.