Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West
February 15 - August 11, 2013
Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West is an ambitious exhibition comprising more than 100 oil paintings, sculpture, and works on paper drawn primarily from the Diane and Sam Stewart Collection. It examines depictions of American Indian identity (by both natives and non-natives) in a diverse array of styles: from the traditional European schools to Modernist abstraction and conceptual renderings of cultural motifs. Subject matter focuses on the Pueblo people of Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico but other important and impactful portraits of American Indians are also included. Artworks range in tone from the romantic and ideal to the utterly real, sometimes taking on sensitive subject matter that is often inherent to contemporary American Indian identity. This exhibition negotiates the devices and implications of portraiture as a historical genre, to show that a portrait can either fashion a mythologized persona or an authentic personal dynamic that speaks to lived experience.
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation
LEADERSHIP SPONSORS: Wasatch Advisors | UMFA Friends of Utah and Western Art | Naoma Tate | Zions Bank
SUPPORTING SPONSORS: The Mark and Kathie Miller Foundation | Lynn and Tom Fey | Kem and Carolyn Gardner | Jack and Jodi Livingood
Partners: Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine | Benjamin and Lisa Logue | John and Joan Firmage | Barabino Huebner Fund at the Community Foundation | Jacobsen Lake Foundation | Michael and Donna Weinholtz
COMMUNITY OPENING CELEBRATION AND ARTIST TALK
Friday, February 15
5 pm | University and UMFA Members Exhibition Preview
6 pm | Public Artist Talk | Shonto Begay
7 pm | Community Celebration
Shonto Begay of the Navajo [Diné] Nation, whose work appears in the exhibition, will discuss his artistic choices and handling of non-mythologized everday life, as well as the thought-provoking themes in his work.
Presented by Zions Bank and the Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation
Above left: Ernest Martin Hennings (American, 1896-1956), Indian Horsemen, c. 1925, detail, oil on canvas. Collection of Diane and Sam Stewart. Courtesy of Bridgeman Art Library.Above right: Shonto Begay (Diné [Navajo], b. 1954), Grandfather's Funeral, detail, acrylic on canvas. Collection of Diane and Sam Stewart.