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New exhibit at Frist Art Museum celebrates Native American women artists

Posted: 6:55 PM, Sep 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-27 19:55:30-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Frist Art Museum begins "Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists" on September 27.

It's the first major museum exhibition exclusively devoted to Native American women artists from all over the United States and Canada.

The exhibit, organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, shows how Native American women's art has impacted all art.

"They have passed on enormous amounts of information and understanding of who we are as these different nations to their children and given them ability to create this world out of these material around them," Co-Curator Teri Greeves said.

One hundred fifteen pieces from ancient times to modern times all designed by Native women make up this unique exhibit.

From contemporary to traditional native clothing, fashion is an important part of the tour. Designer Dorothy Grant said she is proud to share her culture.

"I'm sharing Haida art on clothing with all people, all walks of life, no matter what color they are," Grant said. "My whole concept and vision of that, is that people have that feeling, that sense of pride, that people are wearing something from an ancient culture."

During the exhibit, visitors will see traditional textiles, baskets, beadwork and pottery, as well as, paintings and sculpture. Relationships, legacy and power serve as the main themes of the exhibit. These themes come together to form one purpose - promoting Native women's art to a larger audience that may not know the beauty of what Native women can create.

The exhibit runs until January 12, 2020.

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