Braving Two Worlds

Braving Two Worlds

Museum of the American Indian Opens New Exhibit

The Braving Two Worlds exhibit will run until February 19th, 2017 in Marin County in Novato.

Artists are brave. They bring truth to the canvas, clay and metal. They expose themselves to public judgment. Contemporary Native American artists live in two cultures and express their art with traditional images or modern images with traditional overtones. Understanding their culture helps to understand their art. The Museum of the American Indian in Novato presents their look at the brave artists who dare to face the division in their artistic endeavors, and weave the tradition of their culture with the complicated world of contemporary art.

These artists demonstrate the vivacity of modern Native culture in a profound way. The exhibit features work by distinguished artists such as Allan Houser, and Helen Hardin. Allan Houser was a Chiricuahua Apache, whose sculpture entitled 49, is on display. His sculptures earned Houser honors from the French government in 1954. Helen Hardin of the Santa Clara Pueblo was featured in a national magazine before the age of 18; she has sought to follow her mother’s footstep (Pablita Velarde) while distinguishing herself from her mother’s fame, using bold geometric patterns to express rich native motifs.

We invite you to come and discover the heritage, the soul, and creative innovation of Braving Two Worlds. We are open Wed-Sun 12:30pm-4:30pm. Admission: Adults $5, Children and seniors $3, and members are free. 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA 94948.

For more information contact museum director, Colleen Hicks, at 415-897-4064 or visit online at

Braving Two Worlds-Museum of the American Indian Exhibit

Braving Two Worlds-Museum of the American Indian Exhibit

Categories: Arts & Crafts, Culture

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