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Contemporary artist Jeffrey Gibson is best known for sculptures and paintings that intermingle traditional Native American art with contemporary art and culture. The Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University will present Look How Far We’ve Come!, a solo exhibition of Gibson’s work, from February 2 – May 21, 2017. The exhibition will include a newly-commissioned, beaded wall hanging, soundtrack, and site-specific wall painting inspired by Gibson’s research in the Native American Collections of Marquette University’s archives. Existing paintings and sculptural works from other private and institutional lenders will also be on view.
The richness and diversity of the Lakota culture is celebrated in this exhibition drawn from the collection of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The exhibition juxtaposes the creations of historic Lakota artists with the work of contemporary Lakota artists inspired by, and in dialogue with, traditional art forms such as buffalo bonnets, ledger drawings, and painted buffalo horns. It will also explore the extraordinary relationship between Jesuit and Lakota cultural traditions characterizing the Red Cloud Indian School.
American artist and educator Corita Kent (1918-1986) used art as a tool for communicating messages of faith, activism, and social responsibility. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Corita taught at the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles from 1947 through 1968. There, she developed a signature style of printmaking that combined the bold and graphic visual strategies of Pop art with calls for social justice and understanding.
The Haggerty Museum of Art’s institutional genetic code is formed by a collection of over 6,000 works of art acquired over the past sixty years. In the summer of 2016, the museum debuted HMA DNA: Collection Highlights, an ongoing exhibition of work from the museum’s collection by artists including Salvador Dali, Carle van Loo, Robert Rauschenberg, Barbara Morgan and Jacob Lawrence.