A number of local folks have been in Paris attending the opening of a new exhibition at the Quai Branly, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. That exhibition, Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, is a partnership with the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and will come back to Kansas City in September before heading off for a run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In other words, it’s a very significant show.
Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky is notable for its scope, featuring more than 130 works, ranging from pre-contact to the present day. The exhibition will be running at the Musée du quai Branly through July 20, but you don’t have to cross the ocean to see some amazing Contemporary American Indian works— just get out to the Nerman Museum at Johnson County Community College. The Nerman is celebrating a collection that they’ve been quietly building for the last decade or so, a commitment to new Native American work that few contemporary art museums can match. JCCC is also home to the Center for American Indian Studies, which holds it annual Health & Wellness Pow Wow each May.
KCPT’s Ashley Holcroft shows how it all fits together. You can catch the free exhibit through May 16 at the Nerman Museum. The 8th annual Health & Wellness Pow-Wow happens May 2 & 3 at JCCC.