Americans highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. It will surround visitors with images, delve into the three stories, and invite them to begin a conversation about why this phenomenon exists.
Bleached whales, dissected Nike Air Jordans and high-end golf bags offering history lessons…. Among NMAI’s smartest, most popular and best-reviewed shows. And the artist? Hey, he’s just a regular guy! Really!
The show was too big for DC, so it opened in November 2008 in Washington and New York. Is it easy to curate a show about one artist that takes place in two cities hundreds of miles apart at the same time? No, it is not.
The stars aligned in the summer of 2005, and two of the best Indian artists on the planet had brilliant shows at the Venice Biennial. Rebecca Belmore represented Canada, and James Luna represented NMAI.
Gold, guns, and Bibles. Jolene Rickard, Ann McMullen and PCS curated half of the inaugural history exhibition that greeted visitors to the NMAI’s new home on the National Mall in September, 2004.