A joint exhibition between the Grand Valley Art Gallery and the Muskegon Museum of Art is highlighting Native American contemporary art.
The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists features artwork from both nationally recognized artists and those early in their career. The artists are addressing through their work issues of craft, history, identity, social and political justice, and popular culture.
Grand Valley's part of the exhibition, which specifically includes themes of identity, social justice and Native American studies, opens Jan. 11 at the Art Gallery in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. The museum has already opened its part of the exhibition, which will remain open at both locations through the end of February.
A call went out to the Anishinaabe community with the help of guest curator Jason Quigno, a sculptor and member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, said Nathan Kemler, director of GVSU Galleries and Collections. Artists submitted their work for review, with pieces selected from each artist to be shown simultaneously at the GVSU Art Gallery and museum.
The exhibition includes pieces that incorporate sculpture, painting, ceramics, beadwork, mixed media and photography.
Kemler said this collaboration with the Muskegon Museum of Art creates a larger platform for "our Anishinaabe community to tell their stories in their own voice.”