Image: Kay WalkingStick, Cherokee, b. 1935. Bear Paw Battlefield #2, 2003. Gouache and charcoal with encaustic on paper, 25 x 50 in (63.5 x 127 cm). Museum purchase with funds from the Graham Fund, University of Virginia Alumni Association, 2004.11. © Kay WalkingStick
Reflections: Native Art Across Generations brings together historic Native American art drawn from the collections of The Fralin Museum of Art with the work of several distinguished contemporary Native artists. This exhibition establishes connections between past and present creative traditions and forms, exploring the idea of legacy and the meanings and inspirations that works of art carry through the generations. The invited artists also provide personal perspectives that link their work with the aesthetic artistry, technical skill, cultural knowledge and mastery of media that sustain indigenous artistic practices. Artists today create within established formal traditions but are also fully engaged with contemporary art discourses of personal and cultural identity, place, and the legacies of colonization.
This exhibition is made possible through generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Mullen Family Fund, a Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana. The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is underwritten in part by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. We also thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.