Here is what you’ll see at The Rockwell Museum right now:
On view: May 28 – September 5, 2022
Items once draped on horses, cars, or the arms and bodies of the Apsáalooke people are typically presented as static and sequestered under museum glass. Wendy Red Star reanimates these objects by visually contextualizing them within their original purpose. The resulting Accession series is a vibrant meeting of past and present. It honors the artistry of the original makers who crafted the objects, as well as the anonymous artists who catalogued them. The Apsáalooke pieces are brought back to life, confirming their place in living history and the powerful legacy of her own Nation within the larger context of contemporary American art.
On view: June 18 – October 17, 2022
Location: KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab
Multimedia artist Wendy Red Star, a member of the Apsáalooke* (Crow) tribe, uses historic imagery and material culture as direct references for her own photographs and installations. Children of the Large-Beaked Bird provides an opportunity for children and adults to look at the history and identity of a people as told through their point of view. As the artist notes: “It is critical to preserve and pass along culture, heritage, and shared values while also providing future generations with a sense of identity, solidarity, and empowerment.”
On view: May 14 – October 30, 2022
Location: Special Projects Gallery
Artworks on exhibit in museums are typically accompanied by signs that say, “Please do not touch.” Please Touch! The Art of Michael Naranjo invites visitors to experience remarkable bronze sculptures that are touchable – created by a Native American artist whose compelling life story will inspire reflection about art and artistic inspiration.
This exhibition is courtesy of Tia Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Michael and Laura Naranjo.
On view: March 18, 2022 – February 12, 2023
Location: Rockwell Museum, Floor 1
ANTIGRAVITY is an endeavor premiered in 2018 to create an annual opportunity for emerging artists. Artist Rachel Hellmann’s site-specific mural recognizes the power of the sun and our inherent need for warmth. It also recognizes our desire to be connected after a difficult year with many facing challenging social isolation.
On view: January 22 – December 31, 2022
Location: Members’ Gallery (Floor 2)
The Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project was designed to help put American artists back to work during the Depression, marking a movement when many women and artists of color found an opportunity in the fine arts. See this series of woodblock prints by women artists of the 1930s, recently gifted to The Rockwell collection by Dr. Marianne Woods in memory of Kenneth Cooper.
ArtRx is a response to the state of being human in America in 2020. ArtRx started as a way to process the COVID-19 pandemic. We quickly realized that if we’re talking about the unprecedented magnitude of loss and change, the awakening of the country to systemic racism needed to be part of the conversation as well. Throughout your visit, find staff responses to collection artworks through the lens of ArtRx.
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