Corning, NY | The Rockwell Museum and KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab are celebrating a summer of Wendy Red Star, contemporary multi-media artist and member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) tribe. The public is invited to the opening celebration of a special family-friendly exhibition, Children of the Large-Beaked Bird.
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 18
Location: KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab
36 E. Market Street
Be the first to view this summer exhibition, on view June 18 through October 18, plus join in a special hands-on art activity facilitated by Rockwell Museum educators.
Wendy Red Star creates art to offer a narrative of Native people in America that focuses on an indigenous perspective rather than the typical stories told by non-Native scholars. An avid researcher, Red Star uses historic imagery and material culture as direct references for her own photographs and installations.
At the center of Children of the Large-Beaked Bird are portraits taken during the 1873, 1880, and early 1900s Crow Delegations that brought Crow leaders to Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. officials to negotiate territory and reservation boundaries. Red Star adds details and annotations to these images that highlight the leaders’ humanity and importance.
“We are thrilled to have this unique exhibition on loan from MASS MoCA,” says Kate Swanson, interpretation and public engagement educator. “Wendy Red Star is a very communicative artist. She is able to bring such a rich history to life, and connect it to our lives today.”
Children of the Large-Beaked Bird provides an opportunity for children and adults to look at the history and identity of a people as told through their point of view. As the artist notes, “It is critical to preserve and pass along culture, heritage, and shared values while also providing future generations with a sense of identity, solidarity, and empowerment.”
The exhibition includes prompts posted throughout that will deepen engagement with the works of art and spark conversation for both children and adults. Hands-on projects inspired by the art and ideas of the exhibition are stationed throughout the Art Lab.
Visitors will also find a sister exhibition by Wendy Red Star around the corner at the Museum. “Objects in Motion: Wendy Red Star’s Accession Series,” will be on view through September 5.
Swanson says, “We think of the Museum as the place where you get inspired, and the Art Lab as the place to get hands-on, creative and playful.”
To learn more and plan your trip to The Rockwell, visit rockwellmuseum.org.
Wendy Red Star, Apsáalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird, curated by Laura Thompson, Ed.D., was organized by MASS MoCA. Major exhibition support was provided by the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, The Willow Tree Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, and Mass Cultural Council.
The exhibition at the KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab is made possible in part by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. and by Rochelle Media Works.
About The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate
The Rockwell Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, collection tells the story of the American experience through a display of stunning art about America. Founded in 1976, The Rockwell is an evolving community center which showcases the best of America through compelling exhibitions and imaginative programs. The diverse collection includes a mix of contemporary Native American art with traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th century Old City Hall building, The Rockwell is active in the local community and holds special events and educational programming with area public schools. The Rockwell provokes curiosity, engagement and reflection about art and the American experience.
The Rockwell Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.