Traditionally, artists look to their predecessors when developing their own artistic vision. Traditional | Contemporary: American Indian Artwork combines historic objects in traditional mediums, such as pottery and painted elk hide, with contemporary artists working in more contemporary mediums, such as acrylic on canvas and collage to present an aesthetic view of the development of American Indian art. By viewing the two genres together, and considering them aesthetically rather than as cultural artifacts, the visual developments that connect the traditional and contemporary become apparent, and it places the work in the larger art historical canon.
Left: Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes – Flathead Nation, b. 1940), Cheyenne Series #98, not dated, mixed media collage, 30 x 22 inches, gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Dean, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1991.1
Right: Neil David (Native American, b. 1944), The Melon Dreamer, Not dated, Print (lithograph), 12 x 9 inches, James R. Nolan Southwest Indian Art Collection Sinclair, Wyoming, 2004.1.11