Mark Your Calendars, Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains Exhibit Headed Downtown

Mark Your Calendars, Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains Exhibit Headed Downtown

It seems like I’ve recently showed a lot of love to Manhattan’s larger cultural institutions—most of which are located on famed Museum Mile on the Upper East Side. But, I’ll let you in on a little secret: the entire island is teeming with must-visit museums, with several specialty institutions located downtown. In the Financial District, a hop, skip and a jump from the Charging Bull statue, the National Museum of the American Indian—officially called the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center—will unveil a new exhibit at its home in the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House on March 12.

Those interesting in learning about the Native people of the Great Plains will discover the rich history of their society, war and peacetime efforts, repression and expression in Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains. This narrative tradition began in the 18th century when warrior artists would record experiences and successes in battle on buffalo-hide tipis, robes and shirts. The comprehensive exhibition will showcase almost 50 rarely seen Narrative works by artists such as Bear’s Heart (Southern Cheyenne), Zo-tom (Kiowa) and Long Soldier (Hunkpapa Lakota).

The exhibition will be on view thru Dec. 4.

Pictured: Dallin Maybee (Arapaho), Conductors of Our Own Destiny, 2013. Photo by Ernest Amoroso, NMAI. (26/9328)

 

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