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The Southwest in Motion: Navajo, Pueblo, and Hopi Paintings from the Charles Little Collection

Cliff Bahnimptewa (Hopi, 1937–1984), Eagle Kachina Dancer, 1982, Watercolor on paper, Gift of Charles Little, 2016.004.009


On View: June 11 to Sept. 14, 2019

Reception: Thursday, September 5, 2019
Free to attend, complimentary refreshments provided.
5 - 7 P.M. | OSU Museum of Art

The Southwest in Motion invites visitors to discover the complex relationship between culture, place, resistance, and survival in the Southwest. Curated by OSU students working with Trever Lee Holland and Louise Siddons, with the help of community members from across Oklahoma the show is an opportunity to consider how artworks themselves are often in motion—traveling from artist, to collector, to museum.

In 2016, Charles Little, former OSU faculty member in agriculture economics, gifted the Museum over 1,000 works of Native American Art. Now residing in North Carolina, Mr. Little frequently attended the Red Earth Festival where he further pursued his interest in Native American Art. Little's collection spans from the 1930s to present with a focus in Plains and Southwest paintings.

Curated by Trever Lee Holland, OSU Visiting Professor in American & Native Literature and Louise Siddons, OSU Associate Professor in Art History. Student curators are Roxanne Beason, Calli Heflin, Katelynn Pipestem, Chestiké Williams, and Amanda Zimmerman.

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This exhibition is supported by: Malinda and Dick Fischer, Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson, the OSU Museum of Art Advocates, the Raymond & Bessie Kravis Foundation, Charles Little, American Studies at OSU, and the OSU Museum of Art Founding Patrons and Charter Members.