Apsáalooke Women and warriors
March 12 – August 21, 2020
Gallery Hours: M–F, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, First Saturdays 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
This exhibition at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society will be the second chapter of the three-part curatorial project Apsáalooke Women and Warriors. Its centerpiece will be a tipi-like structure that will transform the gallery into an intimate interior space incorporating the work of contemporary Apsáalooke artists featured at the Field Museum. The Neubauer Collegium exhibition will function as a mirror image, in part, of the Field Museum exhibition, which will also feature a tipi – though not accessible to the public. In addition, two tipis will be erected in the Neubauer Collegium’s external spaces – one on our west-facing terrace, at the intersection of 57th Street and South Woodlawn Avenue, and another on our east-facing lawn along 57th Street. Both tipis will be adorned with designs created by participating artist Ben Pease.
The gallery space will be built and decorated according to scenographic guidelines conceived by exhibition curator Nina Sanders. Its most striking feature will be 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 will encounter 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 will be shown on tables, and visitors will be invited to handle the materials. In fact, the exhibition is conceived as a social gathering space: mats, pillows, rugs, and the like will not merely re-create the sense of an active meeting place but will put the space to work. Among the materials offered for perusal in this living environment will be 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.
Curated by Nina Sanders.
IMAGE: An Apsáalooke war shirt. Photo by John Weinstein.