Beadwork Adorns the World
Museum of International Folk Art
Apr 22, 2018 through Feb 3, 2019
Glass beads are the ultimate migrants. Where they start out is seldom where they end up. No matter where they originate, the locale that uses them makes them into something specific to their own world view.
This exhibition is about what happens to these beads when they arrive at their final destination, whether it be the African continent (Botswana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa), to Borneo, to Burma, to India, Native North America to Latin America (Mexico, Bolivia to Ecuador). However, this exhibit is not actually about beads, rather it is about the working beads resulting in Beadwork, and what a collective of beads in a garment or an object reveals about the intentions of its makers or users.
For more information, contact Carrie Hertz
at (505) 476-1222
“Economic Conundrum” cradle, 2010 Maker: Thomas “Red Owl” Haukaas. Brain-tanned elk hide, glass beads, thread, hawk bells, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
“ndn girlz / rez girlz,” 2009 Teri Greeves (b. 1970, Kiowa nation) High-heeled canvas sneakers, glass beads 10 x 9 x 3.5 in. (25.4 x 22.9 x 8.9 cm.) New Mexico Arts, Art in Public Places Permanent Collection Photograph by Dan Barsotti
Fon’s royal stool, 19th century Bamileke peoples Grasslands, Cameroon Wood, glass beads, raffia cloth 16 1/8 x 17 ¾ x 19 6/8 in. (41 x 45 x 50 cm.) The Field Museum, 175558 Photograph by John Weinstein
Violin case, 1891 Brulé Lakota Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota, USA Glass beads, commercial wood case, native-tanned hide, metal trim 32 x 10 x 4.5 in. (81.3 x 25.4 x 11.4 cm.) Stars and Stripes Foundation, San Francisco, California
Man’s belt, 1881-1921 Romania Leather, cotton, glass beads, metal 34 13/16 x 3 15/16 in. (88.5 x 10 cm.) Museum of International Folk Art, Gift of the Hendershott Family, A.2009.64.2 Photograph by Blair Clark
China poblana blouse, c. 1935 Puebla city and state, México Cotton, glass beads, 24 ½ x 21 1/16 in. (62.25 x 53.5 cm.) Gift of Florence Dibell Bartlett, Museum of International Folk Art, A.1955.1.135 Photograph by Addison Doty