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New Exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art

May 17, 2017

SINEW: Female artists of the Twin Cities take over the Northland.

WHAT: Exhibition featuring art by outstanding Female Native artists from the Twin Cities area

WHEN: Opening Reception: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM Exhibition dates: May 30, 2017 – September 24, 2017

WHERE: Tweed Museum of Art, 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812

Related Events: Panel Talk: September 14, 2017 Montague Hall 80, UMD, 6 - 8 p.m.

The Tweed Museum of Art (TMA) at the University of Minnesota Duluth is proud to present Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities, an exhibition curated by Dyani White Hawk. The show was originally organized for Artistry in Bloomington, MN in conjunction with the Guerilla Girls Twin Cities takeover. The exhibition presents an eclectic selection of works by each artist that include paintings, prints, weaving, drawings, digital videos, and sculptures.

Dyani White Hawk, Curator of the exhibition, says, “I am grateful for the opportunity to increase visibility and recognition of the strength, vigor, power, and resilience of Native American women and their important contributions to the arts, our communities, our families and our world.”

The artists selected for this exhibition are some of the most celebrated and accomplished female Native artists currently living and working in the Twin Cities area, and include:

Carolyn Anderson

Julie Buffalohead

Andrea Carlson

Elizabeth Day

Heid Erdrich

Louise Erdrich

Maggie Thompson

Sinew, thread created from the backbone tendons of animals, is a material central to historical Native arts and cultural knowledge. Before cotton thread became readily available in the U.S., woman of many tribes used sinew to sew garments and create the stunning porcupine quillwork, beadwork, clothing and other objects that required stitching. This simple material metaphorically speaks to the strength of a people and specifically to the strength of the women who used sinew to create much of the legacy of historic Native arts we know today.

The Guerilla Girls described their work as “feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman.” This exhibition is dedicated to the millions of Native women who, with immense strength, intelligence, and grace, humbly serve as the backbone of our nations.

Related Events:

Exhibition-related programs provide opportunities to meet the artists and learn more about their respective work. Free and open to the public.

Opening Reception

June 1, 2017 Tweed Museum 6 – 8 p.m.

Panel Talk

September 14, 2017 Montague Hall 80, UMD 6 – 8 p.m.

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