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Native American Artist Film Series 2017

Arts and Entertainment

December 31, 2016

From: Garvies Point Museum And Preserve

2017 Schedule:
Tuesday, 01/17 Native American Artist: Allan Houser, Apache Sculptor 2pm, 3pm

Sculptor Allan Houser won international recognition for his depiction of the stoic, powerful figures of his Chiricahua Apache and Navajo families in wood, stone and metal. This film follows Houser - also acclaimed for his murals and paintings - from quarry to studio, where he sculpts a face in marble, and to the Shidoni Foundry, where he casts a bronze head. The art of Houser, whose father was with Geronimo in 1886, blends his people's heritage with his own personal spirit of adventure to create iconic figures and images that honor the past while looking to the future.

Wednesday, 01/18 Native American Artist: Charles Loloma, Hopi Jeweler 2pm, 3pm

Charles Loloma was one of the first Native American jewelers to use gold instead of silver and diamonds and other precious stones in addition to turquoise, coral and shell. His innovative designs, so sculptural in quality, were internationally acclaimed. And his clients included celebrities, monarchs, and presidents. This film examines the work of Charles Loloma - and how the visionary behind the enchanting jewelry managed to break the barriers that separated Indian traditionalism and mainstream modern art. For him, the art world and the Hopi world were one.

Thursday, 01/19 Native American Artist: Fritz Scholder, California Mission Painter 2pm, 3pm

The first to portray the Native American as "real, not red" Fritz Scholder has been a major influence on an entire generation of Native American artists. This film shows Scholder, an artist of Luiseno descent, as he takes his painting Television Indian and his lithograph Film Indian from conception to completion. His unsentimental vision and his technique - a blend of abstract expressionism, West Coast pop, and Bay Area colorism - have enabled Scholder to produce a strong body of work that realistically illustrates contemporary Native American life in the Southwest.

Friday, 01/20 Native American Artist: Helen Hardin, Santa Clara Painter 2pm, 3pm

The abstract geometric paintings of Helen Hardin beautifully illustrate the artist's struggle to depict aspects of her native heritage yet depart from the Santa Fe/Dorothy Dunn model of her predecessors - including her mother, the acclaimed Pablita Velarde. This film takes a close look at the work of a gifted Santa Clara painter and printmaker who acted almost as if she knew that her time to make a mark in the art world would be short. Her multi-layered paintings, created with a combination of brushes and drafting tools, reveal the crisp precision that characterizes her distinctive style.

Saturday, 01/21 Native American Artist: Grace Medicine Flower & Joseph Lone Wolf, Santa Clara Potters 11am, 2pm, 3pm

This film examines the pottery of Grace Medicine Flower and her brother Joseph Lone Wolf, members of the renowned Tafoya family of Santa Clara Pueblo. They revived and expanded the traditional forms and techniques of their pre-Colombian ancestors, the Mimbres, to create exquisite works featuring abstract designs and emphasizing sgraffito and polychrome techniques. Together with their father, Camilio Sunflower Tafoya, Medicine Flower and Lone Wolf are filmed digging and refining their clay and then molding in into pots, which they decorate and fire.

Tuesday, 01/24 Native American Artist: R.C. Gorman, Navajo Painter 2pm, 3pm

"Unconventional" and "paradoxical" are two of the more common words people use to describe R.C. Gorman, an award-winning Navajo painter and printmaker who treats Native American subjects ranging from geometrics to nudes with a distinctly Mexican artistic sensibility. This film shows the man The New York Times dubbed "The Picasso of American Indian Art" as he works, capturing his fascination with mass and shape as he paints both on paper and on a lithography stone. At once timeless and contemporary, Gorman's idiom unites the Indian and mainstream art scenes.

Wednesday, 01/25 Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak 2pm, 3pm

This mini-documentary showcases the Inuit prints of Eskimo artist, Kenojuak. It also shows how the artwork is transferred from the mind of the artist to the markets of southern Canada.

Thursday, 01/26 Legacy: Native American Photogravures and Music 2pm, 3pm

This film is a historical look at the photogravure work of Edward S. Curtis, who captured one of the most significant visual collections of traditional American Indian culture.

Friday, 01/27 Kiowa Cradleboard Maker: The Art and Tradition of Vanessa Jennings 2pm, 3pm

For hundreds of years, Native American people of many tribes have celebrated and honored the birth of a child by creating cradleboards. Lovingly crafted from wood and rawhide, often completely covered with bead work and decorated with keepsakes, these lavish works of art link families and generations. Vanessa Jennings, an award-winning Kiowa bead worker and cradleboard maker, is carrying on her tribal tradition in the creation of her work. This film shows the role of cradleboards in Kiowa tradition and shows past and present examples of cradleboards.

Saturday, 01/28 Indian Pottery of San Ildefonso 11am, 1pm, 2pm

This film shows Indian pottery makers Maria Martinez and her son Popovi Da making black clay pots using traditional Native American methods. The entire process, from spreading sacred corn before gathering clay, through mixing, construction, decorating and firing, is presented.

Date: Jan 17-28,2017

Location: Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY 11542

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