Hollywood has a long and complicated history of portraying Native American peoples. In March and April, the Cleveland Museum of Art will play host to a special film series that examines not only this legacy, but also the contemporary filmmakers who are bringing a new perspective to the image of American Indians on screen.
Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection
Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection, which draws from the renowned Native American art collection at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., is making its traveling debut at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) before moving to Minneapolis and Indianapolis. Below, Susan Bergh, associate curator for art of the ancient Americas at CMA, talks about the origins of the exhibition and the relationships she developed with members of Cleveland’s Native American community.
Award-winning performer Tanya Tagaq will bring her unique style of Inuit throat singing to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s (CMA) VIVA! & Gala performing arts series on Wednesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. This performance, in the museum’s newly refurbished Gartner Auditorium, marks the Cleveland debut for Tagaq, who has been described as “mind-blowing” (Time Out UK), “fiercely contemporary” (New York Times) and “remarkable” (Los Angeles Times). Inuit throat singing originated as a vocal contest between two women.
This weekend, the Cleveland Museum of Art will debut its first exhibition of Native American art since the 1970s. Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection features 120 masterworks drawn from the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.