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New Exhibition of American Indian Artwork to Open at UW Art Museum

June 20, 2014
Painted elk hide
The UW Art Museum’s exhibition “Traditional/Contemporary: American Indian Artwork” includes Cadzi Cody (Cotsiogo, 1866-1912), Shoshone Painted Hide (Scenes of Plains Indian Life), c. 1880, elk hide and pigment, 72 by 68 inches, courtesy of the Freedman family.

A new exhibition of contemporary and traditional American Indian artwork will open Saturday, June 21, at the UW Art Museum.

“Traditional/Contemporary: American Indian Artwork” combines historic objects in traditional mediums, such as pottery and a painted elk hide, with living artists working in contemporary mediums, such as acrylic on canvas and collage, to present an aesthetic view of the development of American Indian art.

By viewing the work from two time periods together, and considering them aesthetically rather than as cultural artifacts, the visual developments that connect the traditional and contemporary become apparent, and place the work in the larger art historical canon. Included in the exhibition are traditional objects from the Peter W. Doss Crow Indian Artifact Collection that include a headdress, examples of beaded work and ornamentation. Pottery, baskets and kachinas complement contemporary paintings and drawings by artists such as John Nieto, Fritz Scholder and R.C. Gorman.

The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, Aug. 9.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit, or follow on Facebook and Instagram. 

Through its Museum as Classroom approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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