Drawing from the Collection
The visual art form of drawing is utilized by all artists in their careers and practice to some extent . Rendered in both two and three-dimensional formats, drawing is probably the most versatile art form developed, because it is timeless. From pictographs on rocks to sidewalk graffiti to pencil on paper, drawing is inclusive within the history of art.
Drawing from the Collection is a selection of drawings from the National Collection of Contemporary Native Art at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Of the 7,500 works there exist nearly 800 drawings by Native artists from all over the country. This arrangement of work captures the wide variety of drawing types and artist styles found in the collection such as line drawings, gestural and rendering drawings, comic book style, sketching, pointillism and portraiture. Many of the artists attended the Institute of American Indian Arts while others either had formal art training at other institutions or were self taught.
Artists: Bennet Brien (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Dennis Esquivel (Ottawa), Harry Fonseca (Maidu/Hawaiian/Portuguese), John Henry Gloyne (Eastern Cherokee/Pawnee/Osage), Craig Dan Goseyun (San Carlos Apache), John Gritts (Cherokee), Velino Shije Herrera (Zia Pueblo), Alfred Klah (Navajo), Barbara Emerson Kitsman-Jenike (Navajo), Joe Maktima (Hopi/Laguna), Geronima Montoya (Ohkay Owingeh), Rod Phillips (Hopi), Ryan Smith (Chemehuevi/Navajo), Beatien Yazz (Navajo)
Curated by Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer (Hopi/Choctaw)