The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, June 21, 2018

Native Artists Explore Skin as a Subject at the Smithsonian
Sonya Kelliher-Combs, "Common Thread", 2008-10. Reindeer and sheep rawhide, nylon thread, variable dimensions. Collection of the artist. Photo: Kevin G. Smith.

NEW YORK, NY.- Eight Native artists who investigate skin as subject matter will be presented in "HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor" a two-part exhibition opening at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Through various media, the artists use and depict skin, questioning identities and stereotypes and evoking images of landscapes, shields and fragility.

The first part of the exhibition will open Saturday, March 6, with solo exhibitions by Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq/Athabascan) and Nadia Myre (Anishinaabe), and close Aug. 1. The second segment, opening Saturday, September 4, and closing January 16, 2011, will include a solo exhibition by Michael Belmore (Ojibway) and a photographic installation with work by Arthur Renwick (Haisla), KC Adams (Métis), Terrance Houle (Blood), Rosalie Favell (Cree Métis) and Sarah Sense (Chitimacha/Choctaw). Video works by Myre and Houle will run in the gallery throughout the entire course of the exhibition.

“Skin is a complex and weighty subject that directly addresses issues of Native identity and history,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee/Comanche), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “The artists in this exhibition all wrestle with this engaging question, each arriving at different places, but all contributing to an understanding of contemporary Native identity.”

“There is a double meaning at play here in ‘HIDE.’ There is the actual material—hide—and the reference to that which is hidden, disguised and out of view,” said John Haworth (Cherokee), director of the Heye Center. “Loaded with meaning as well as misrepresentation, skin is part of our identity and a cover for our inner selves.”

About the Artists
Kelliher-Combs creates sculptural and mixed-media work that captures both vulnerability and strength in her use of organic and synthetic materials. The only artist in the exhibition who incorporates animal hides and innards into her work, she creates compelling, ambiguous forms.

Myre explores scars, both personal and communal, in her mixed-media and video creations. Included in the exhibition will be her epic cooperative work, “The Scar Project,” comprising hundreds of canvases that each represents an individual scar story.

Belmore’s sculptural works in stone and hammered copper are meditative reflections on North American topography. In “Dark Water, Origins” and “Shorelines,” he has transformed inert, heavy-metal sheets into thin, undulating membranes.

Adams creates photographic images of people who are racial hybrids (with Native and European ancestry) and function as cyborgs (part human/part machine).

Favell photographs Native artists and curators, celebrating their individuality and their participation in a global indigenous community.

Houle’s narrative images walk visitors through a “normal” day for an urban Indian, completing everyday tasks (working in an office, grocery shopping) dressed in full dance regalia. His short film, Metrosexual Indian, approaches the subject from yet another humorous but serious angle.

The subjects of Renwick’s portrait series each chose to alter their appearance by stretching, squeezing and distorting their skin. As a result, their faces appear quite literally as masks.

Sense weaves together virtual hides out of digital prints, creating narratives that integrate her family’s complex histories.

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian | HIDE | Sonya Kelliher-Combs | Nadia Myre |

Today's News

January 11, 2010

NBC Universal Presents Bravo Reality Series "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist"

The Late Work of Bruce Conner to be Shown at Susan Inglett Gallery

American Modernism Shines at Kresge Art Museum in Michigan

Northern Illinois University Art Museum to Open Comic Book Exhibition

LiveAuctioneers Unveils Revolutionary Technology Enabling Real-Time Bidding

Native Artists Explore Skin as a Subject at the Smithsonian

Frey Norris Offers Most Comprehensive Look at Dorothea Tanning's Early Career

Fuller Craft Museum Presents New and Recent Quilts by Nancy Crow

Impressionist Paintings on View at Nassau County Museum of Art

Museum to Show Exhibition that Transforms Organic Materials

High Museum of Art Features Works on Paper by South African Artists

Display of Contemporary Artistic Approaches at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Interior Finishing Touches Now Under Way at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Austrian Artist Karl-Heinz Klopf's "You're Having a Laugh"

Exhibition by Artist Gordon Cheung Premieres at ASU Art Museum

DePaul Exhibition Explores Process of Pairing Down Museum Collections

Kinetic Interactive Sculpture by Lab(au) on View in Berlin

Morris Museum of Art Announces 4th Annual Print Fair - Original Art at Affordable Prices

Solo Exhibition by Charlie Murphy Announced at Text+Work

Toby Paterson Explores the Relationship between Abstraction and Reality at the Fruitmarket Gallery

Second Solo Show for Mark di Vincenzo at Sears-Peyton Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Related Stories

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Opens "Pioneers of Flight Gallery"

Mrs. Obama to Donate Inaugural Gown to Smithsonian

Smithsonian Acquires Historic Food Coupons from USDA

New Exhibition Hall Devoted to Human Origins to Open at Smithsonian

Plains Indian Artists Tell 19th-Century Stories through 'Ledger Drawings'

Smithsonian Exhibit on Commercial Holiday Displays

National Museum of the American Indian Opens "IndiVisible" Exhibition

National Portrait Gallery Announces Portrait Competition 2009 Awards

Smithsonian Plans to Open Human Evolution Hall

'Lion King' Costumes Headed to Smithsonian

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful