The Art of Resilience
A Continuum of Tlingit Art
Sep 30, 2017 – Jan 6, 2018
The Art of Resilience presents 100 world-class historic Tlingit works from the Portland Art Museum’s permanent collection and 50 contemporary works by the most accomplished Alaska Native artists working today. Drawing from the Portland Art Museum’s world-class historical Rasmussen Collection of Northwest Indian Art, this major exhibition presents the strength and spirit of the people of Southeast Alaska and art that has come to epitomize the Native Northwest Coast. Works include magnificent transformation masks, Chilkat and Ravenstail robes, bentwood chests, and clan crest-adorned ornamental and utilitarian objects of the highest quality and stunning workmanship.
In collaboration with the Tlingit community, The Art of Resilience tells a story of survival and resistance, continuity and change, and ultimately celebrates the spirit of Tlingit art past and present. Organized by Deana Dartt, Ph.D. (Chumash), Curator of Native American Art, this exhibition offers a fresh, hybrid dialogue of informed perspectives—drawing on generations of knowledge in tandem with the cutting-edge views of today’s artists.
Accompanying the exhibition is a hard-bound, full color, multi-author publication with contributions by Native and non-Native scholars across multiple disciplines, as well as Tlingit elders and traditional knowledge holders. Co-edited with leading art historian Dr. Aldona Jonaitis, Dartt will present this multi-vocal approach, breaking new ground in Northwest Coast art scholarship.
Organized by Portland Art Museum and curated by Deana Dartt, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art. Supported in part by Exhibition Series Sponsors.