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The Land Carries Our Ancestors: Contemporary Art by Native Americans

Upcoming Exhibition

September 24, 2023 – January 15, 2024

Curated by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation), this unprecedented exhibition brings together works by an intergenerational group of some 50 living Native American artists practicing across the United States. Their powerful art reflects a shared worldview that draws on thousands of years of reverence, study, and concern for the land.

Through diverse mediums—weaving, sculpture, beadwork, painting, performance, drawing, video, and more—these artists visualize Indigenous knowledge of land/landbase/landscape. Selected by Quick-to-See Smith, the dynamic presentation underscores the self-determination, survivance, and right to self-representation of Indigenous peoples.

Explore Selected Works

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Other venues
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, April 18–September 15, 2024

The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation has provided major support for the exhibition. 

Additional funding is provided by the Director’s Circle and the Tower Project of the National Gallery of Art.

Admission is always free and passes are not required

Banner detail: Cara Romero, Indian Canyon, 2019, archival pigment print, Courtesy of the Artist, © Cara Romero.