With the patronage of

 

This exhibition is organized by the musée du quai Branly Paris, in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

plains indians

Affiche de l'exposition "Indiens des Plaines" - Click to enlarge, open in a new window

from tuesday 8 april to sunday 20 july 2014

  • Jardin Gallery
  • Temporary exhibitions and twin tickets

curator

  • Gaylord Torrence, Senior Curator of American Indian Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts, Kansas City, United States

around the exhibition

tours, publications and events around the exhibition (forthcoming)

About the exhibition

 

The exhibition consists of 140 objects and artworks which present a continuous view of the aesthetic traditions of the Plains Indians, from the 16th to the 20th century, offering an unprecedented vision of these traditions.

 

The power of their culture is demonstrated in particular in the continuity of visual styles, even though during these three centuries of contact with Europeans and Americans the territory of the plains was subject to fundamental cultural and political changes. This continuity in forms and designs is revealed in the exhibition by means of a great variety of objects and media: paintings and drawings, sculptures in stone, wood, antler and shell, embroideries using porcupine quills and glass beads, personal ornaments made from feathers etc.

Composite objects, assemblages created from a variety of materials and techniques characteristic of different types of art in the plains are also presented. Costumes painted in figurative and geometrical patterns, richly decorated garments with high symbolic value, ceremonial and sculptural objects constitute a significant percentage of the works exhibited.

Plains tribal locations in the early to mid-nineteenth century

Map of Plains tribal locations in the early to mid-nineteenth century - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Plains tribal locations in the early to mid-nineteenth century

Exhibition media partners