The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, presents an exhibition featuring more than 100 artworks by 12 Native American artists. Reclaiming Home: Contemporary Seminole Art is on display from March 18 through September 4 in the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing and features artwork by the Seminole, Miccosukee, and mixed-heritage artists from Florida along with notable work by artists of Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole descent from Oklahoma, California, and beyond. The exhibition intends to expand the conceptual framework of Native American art made in Florida today and provide a fuller understanding of the complexities of issues within the art of the Seminole diaspora.
The members of the Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes of Florida are represented by visual artists who work or have worked in clay, textiles, film, woodworking, beadwork, digital drawing, and painting. Their art offers an intimate look into the artists’ lived experiences and explores issues of ancestry and identity, the environment, interfaith, and traditional ways of knowing in Florida’s Native communities. Drawing on photo-based and digital collage techniques, performance, video, installation art, and mixed media, artists from the Seminole diaspora delve into image-making and Creek and Seminole hymns, offering diverse perspectives on themes of memory, history, health, and representation as expressions of Native visual sovereignty.
Artists in the exhibition at The Ringling include the late Noah Billie (Seminole), Wilson Bowers (Seminole), Houston R. Cypress (Miccosukee), Elisa Harkins (Cherokee/Muscogee [Creek]), Alyssa Osceola (Seminole), Jessica Osceola (Seminole/Irish), C. Maxx Stevens (Seminole/Muscogee [Creek]), Tony Tiger (Sac and Fox/Seminole/Muscogee [Creek]), Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (Taskigi/Diné [Navajo]/Seminole), Brian Zepeda (Seminole), Corinne Zepeda (Seminole/Mexican), and Pedro Zepeda (Seminole/Mexican).
Reclaiming Home is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue with scholarly texts by Durante Blais-Billie and Dr. Stacy E. Pratt, published by Scala Arts Publishers.
To learn more, visit ringling.org.
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