Native Voices surveys art by modern and contemporary Native artists from WAM's collection, exploring how these artists challenge boundaries and expectations to expand traditional definitions of Indian, American, and modern art. Featuring prints, paintings, and ceramics by artists from more than a dozen tribes, Native Voices is shown in conjunction with Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight, WAM's major spring exhibition.
In Raven and the Box of Daylight, glass artist Preston Singletary--a member of the Pacific Northwest Tlingit tribe--combines contemporary glass art with Tlingit themes and designs. Like Singletary, each artist in Native Voices combines personal heritage and identity with global influences to create art with a singular voice.
Raven and the Box of Daylight features the astounding glass art of Preston Singletary. The exhibition explores the Tlingit story of Raven and how the bird brings light to the world through the stars, moon, and sun. Singletary’s remarkable works—more than 50 glass sculptures including a monumental glass canoe, glass paddles, and glass river—are joined by audio and video elements to create a dynamic, multi-sensory environment. The exhibition takes visitors on an experiential journey following the transformation of darkness into light.
Singletary is one of America’s premiere glass artists. His great-grandparents were members of the Tlingit tribe—a Pacific Northwest Native American tribe. The artist draws heavily on Native American art and design in his work. Raven and the Box of Daylight is organized by the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington. The exhibition is guest curated by Miranda Belarde-Lewis, PhD. The multisensory visitor experience is designed by zoe I juniper.
The Wichita presentation has been generously underwritten by lead sponsors Lattner Family Foundation. The DeVore Foundation provided additional major underwriting. Charles E. Baker is a principal sponsor. The Trust Company of Kansas, Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, and Emprise Bank are substantial corporate sponsors.
Generous support has been provided by Louise Beren, Berry Foundation, Donna Bunk, Norma Greever, Mary Sue Smith, Sarah T. Smith, and K.T. Wiedemann Foundation.
Dr. John and Nancy Brammer, Sharon and Alan Fearey, Toni and Bud Gates, Carol and H. Guy Glidden, Patti Gorham and Jeff Kennedy, Delmar and Mary Klocke are additional exhibition patrons.
All museum exhibitions receive generous sponsorship from the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum and the City of Wichita.
Richard Marquis: Keepers is a late career survey of a towering figure in the Studio Glass movement. Richard Marquis is known for extraordinary technique, comic sensibility, bold innovations, and iconoclastic spirit.
In his 50-year career, he has consistently been gleefully inventive and unfailingly smart. His work is collected and exhibited world-wide. The 119 objects in the exhibition are chosen from the artist’s own comprehensive archives of his art from the 1960s to the present. Marquis calls these pieces his “keepers.”
This retrospective exhibition was organized by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, in partnership with the Wichita Art Museum and guest curated by Seattle-based curator Vicki Halper. The galleries will be thematically arranged and include areas of his work that have rarely been exhibited, including ceramics and prints.