Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades of Native Painting

November 16, 2019–Fall 2021
New York, NY

Since 1940, many Native artists have pushed, pressed, and expanded beyond narrow, market-driven definitions of American Indian art. Drawing from the National Museum of the American Indian’s rich permanent collection, Stretching the Canvas presents nearly 40 paintings that transcend, represent, or subvert conventional ideas of authenticity.

Artists featured:
Tony Abeyta (Navajo, b. 1965)
Rick Bartow (Mad River Wiyot, 1946–2016)
Acee Blue Eagle (Muscogee [Creek]/Pawnee, 1909–1959)
Julie Buffalohead (Ponca, b. 1972)
Woody Crumbo (Potawatomi, 1912–1989)
Harry Fonseca (Maidu/Native Hawaiian, 1946–2006)
Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Choctaw/Cherokee, b. 1972)*
Helen Hardin (Santa Clara Pueblo, 1943–1984)
Joe Hilario Herrera (Cochiti Pueblo, 1920–2001)
Allan Houser (Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994)
G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, b. 1945)*
Fred Kabotie (Hopi Pueblo, 1900–1986)
Frank LaPeña (Nomtipom Wintu, 1937–2019) 
James Lavadour (Walla Walla, b. 1951)
Judith Lowry (Maidu/Achomawi, b. 1948)
Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui, b. 1953)
America Meredith (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, b. 1972)
Stephen Mopope (Kiowa, 1898–1974)
George Morrison (Grand Portage Chippewa, 1919–2000)
Dan Namingha (Hopi/Tewa, b. 1950)
Tonita Peña (San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1893–1949)
Kevin Red Star (Crow, b. 1943)
Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo, b. 1966)
Fritz Scholder (Luiseño, 1937–2005)
Duane Slick (Meskwaki/Winnebago, b. 1961)
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish/Cree/Shoshone, b. 1940)
Quincy Tahoma (Navajo, 1917–1956)
Jerome Tiger (Muscogee [Creek], 1941–1967)
Pablita Velarde (Santa Clara Pueblo, 1918–2006)
Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, b. 1935)
Dick West (Southern Cheyenne, 1912–1996)
Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo, b. 1956)

*Works by these artists will be featured in later phases of the exhibition.