The classic art of Native Americans involves many medium, from painted images and weaving, to elaborate bead work and wood sculpture. The art spans many locations and nations in Indian culture. It also spans centuries, right into the present day. An exhibit at the Mingei International Museum presents work by Native American artists who lived decades ago, and work made by contemporary California Native American artists. The comparisons and differences are compelling.
Jennifer Garey is an adjunct faculty member in the American Indian Studies program at Palomar College. She curated the exhibit "In Their Own Words.
Robert Freeman is a self-studied artist. He is one of four contemporary Native American artists featured in the Mingei exhibit.
"In Their Own Words: Classic and Contemporary Native American Art" is on view at the Mingei International Museum through September 5th.