Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes
This companion volume to an exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York reveals how Anishinaabe (also known in the United States as Ojibwe or Chippewa) artists have expressed the deeply rooted spiritual and social dimensions of their relations with the Great Lakes region. Featuring 70 color images of visually powerful historical and contemporary works, Before and After the Horizon is the only book to consider the work of Anishinaabe artists overall and to discuss 500 years of Anishinaabe art history.
ISBN 10: 1588344525
ISBN 13: 9781588344526
David Penney is the associate director of museum scholarship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He recently published North American Indian Art as part of the Thames and Hudson “World of Art” series. He is the author of many additional books, exhibition catalogues, and published essays.
A good book for armchair travelers and connoisseurs of the Great Lakes region, as well as seasoned scholars.
The colors are bold, the images are startlingly representative, the urge to communicate informs every object. This companion volume to the exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York reveals how the Anishinaabeg (a group that includes the Ojibwes and Chippewas) have expressed their spiritual and social dimensions of their close relationship with the Great Lakes region. Contributors examine the Anishinaabes' contact with earth, water and sky; analyze narrative images of the thunderbird and the underwater panther; discuss the artists' art, agency, and exchange across time; and elucidate the Anishinaabe's artistic consciousness. They close with an excerpt from Shrouds of White Earth, a "cosmoprimative" literary piece. The volume is fully, and beautifully, illustrated.
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