To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art

  • Dates: March 2, 2024 - July 25, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 5 days
  • Venue: East Building, Level B, Meymandi Exhibition Gallery
  • Location: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Phone: 919.839.6262
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • Admission: Members - free; non-members: $20 adults; $17 seniors (age 65 and older); $14 youth (ages 7–18); Free for children 6 & under and college students.

About

Organized by guest curator Nancy Strickland Fields (Lumbee), director/curator of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the upcoming exhibition To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art features 3-D works by 75 Indigenous artists from throughout the United States and Canada, including eight from North Carolina.

Form and design are two of the most ancient elements in American Indian art. Artists use these to achieve culturally unique characteristics that convey meaning and function in ceramics, weaving, beadwork, basketry and other media. For thousands of years, Native artists have manipulated their materials into fantastic expressions of art. The contemporary artists featured in the show are among the most acclaimed in their genres and are credited with pushing their art forms in ways that retain meaning and continue to evolve culture.