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Museum spotlights Native American works on paper

A selection of works on paper by Native Americans from the Albuquerque Museum’s permanent collection, which goes on display later this month, will contain some surprises, the museum promises.

The Albuquerque Museum is presenting “Spirit of Creation: Works on Paper by Native American Artists,” opening Saturday, March 25. The collection, curated by Assistant Curator of Art Titus O’Brien, includes new acquisitions of works by internationally known artists from across North America.

Artists in the exhibit draw particular strength and inspiration from their heritage, marry tradition to populist or avant-garde attitudes, and often give particular richness and depth from indigenous contexts and perspectives, organizers said in a news release.

New Mexico artists Harrison Begay (Diné), Fred Kabotie (Hopi) and Pablita Velarde (Tewa) all were students of Dorothy Dunn, an art teacher and patron at the Santa Fe Indian School. The “Studio Style” they developed paved the way for the diverse array of Native artists who followed, organizers said.

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (Cree/Shoshone/Salish) and Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), both born outside of New Mexico but with deep ties to the state, became internationally known for cutting-edge imagery and techniques.

The Spirit of Creation exhibit includes works by artists from across North America, including Diego Romero (Cochiti), T.C. Cannon (Kiowa), Marie Watt (Seneca), John Nieto (Mescalero Apache), and Simon Tookoome (Inuit).

The exhibit, which will run March 25 through Nov. 5, is in the Angelique + Jim Lowry Gallery.

The Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays. General admission – New Mexico residents: adults and teens $3, seniors $2 and children $1. General museum admission is free every Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and the third Thursday of every month from 5-8:30 p.m.

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Native artists draw strength and inspiration from their heritage