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Seeds of Being:
A Project of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Native American Art & Museum Histories Seminar

June 12–Dec. 30, 2018

Mary LeFlore and Richard H. Clements Family Gallery
Molly and Jim Crawley Gallery
James T. Bialac Gallery of Native American Art

As carriers of life from one generation to the next, seeds provide the possibility of growth and endurance, but they do not achieve this on their own. Just as seeds require nourishment to flourish, art needs to be engaged by the viewer in order to thrive. While seeds themselves originate from a specific point in time—the moment they were harvested—they also signify the past, present, and future folded together, as the seeds from a past crop are stored in the present to be used for the future. Seeds of Being examines various ways these artistic seeds benefit Indigenous groups in North America through the artists’ abilities to nurture, adapt, and envision their communities’ ongoing well-being. Curated by students enrolled in the Native American Art & Museum Studies Seminar, made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

 

Image Credits
Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (U.S., Diné [Navajo]/Seminole/Muscogee, b. 1954)
Oklahoma—The Unedited Version, 1990
Black and white photo collage, 25 1/8 x 32 in.
Gift of Rennard Strickland, 2007.

The Mellon Foundation Lecture in Native American Art
6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the OU School of Visual Arts present a public lecture by Kathleen Ash-Milby, Associate Curator at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Ash-Milby’s keynote talk, Native Art in the 21st Century: The Future is Now, will acknowledge both historic shifts and progress in the field, as well as challenges for the future. The lecture is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Native American Art Studies Symposium
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the OU School of Visual Arts present new scholarship on Indigenous museology, curatorial practice, and art history. Join us for a series of paper presentations from nationally-selected undergraduate and graduate students. Schedule and speakers TBA. The symposium is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.