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Contemporary American Indian Painting

November 8 – December 6, 1953
Ground Floor, Central Gallery, Galleries G-9, G-10

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: This exhibition, the most comprehensive of its kind to be held in the eastern United States, included 115 paintings by 59 American Indian artists. It was organized with the cooperation of Dorothy Dunn, founder of the Department of Painting, United States Indian School, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The contemporary works derived from the old painting traditions. The southwestern artists came from the Pueblo, Navaho, and Apache tribes; Plains artists were from the Sioux, Kiowa, Comanche, and Cheyenne tribes; Woodland artists were from the Cherokee, Creek, and Onondaga tribes.

Catalog: Contemporary American Indian Painting, introduction by Dorothy Dunn. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1953.