Mingei International Museum

Inside, the Mingei International Museum, there were two artists’ that I took more of an interest in liking over the artists that were posted on the wall. One of the artists that I notice was named Billy Soza Warsoldier. Artist, Warsoldier, learns his ability to painting at two schools:  the Art Institution Chicago and the Art Institution of Native American Indian in Santa Fe. He was an active member of the American Indian Movement of the 1970’s. Most his art he was showing was expressing his life experience. A quote from the museum about the Artist, “I was out in the dessert, and was standing there and felt something behind me, you know that feeling when you know something there look around, and directly behind me is a large gray wolf, just standing we starred at each other for a long time, then he just left.” and that statement that he said fit the, Aspen Wolf Series, 2005-2006- oil on canvas. When I say this painting of the giant size face of a wolf staring you down. I was automatic drawn to it and if I had money to spend on art I would have try on got a print or something. There also an other Aspen Wolf Series, but I don’t remember the dates but it was an the first one, so around the dates late 1990 to early 2000. Both of his Aspen Wolf Series were eye catching, with the popping color and the distinct pastels knife stokes. In most of his painting in the exhibit used the color scheme was contrasting colors, which are bold like primary or black and yellow. The Colors in the, Aspen Wolf Series, used that same scheme using black, browns, yellow, blues, reds, and orange. Also on the wall in the museum there was a quote that said he “like to use the paint directly from the tube”. The texture of the paint is what made me like them so much. It gave it another feel to it, like it had emotions with the layer of dried pastels. The line in the painting conveyed emotion and direction, straight, diagonal, and curved. The focal point in this series, I would say the eye of the wolf, like “he starring you down”.

Also, in the art exhibit was Robert L. Freeman, Hunkpapa Sioux, and Luiseño b.1939, another artist in the Classic and Contemporary Native American Art, which really helped me to getting an understanding of the emotion and figures that were painted. Walking around the exhibit looking at the various paintings, drawings, and etchings in Robert Freemen collection. I found his art to be very impressing, knowing that he taught him self these various art style and with his collection of art that he produce. The collection of art that he put up on the wall had a close comparison to how I was taught about the Native American culture and life. The book we used in high school, up till collage have explain the Native American living of the land and replacing it and everything around them and the white people came and changed there hole way of life. He had good amount of painting that were either oil on canvas or acrylic, which convey my textbook knowledge into an impressing peace of art. He had a series of artwork, which I don’t write down the name of the peace,however one of the photo title was, Lady in Waiting, the artwork conveyed modern-day life on the reservation but characterization gave the painting feeling of laughed and relaxing, just chilling outside the tent. But the two images that I chose to write on give a deeper meaning to me as view of the artwork. Both the images convey the understanding of the spiritual side and respecting the land. The painting, Rojo Gomez, 2010- acrylic on canvas was in a series but I just liked this one the most its meaning gave me the feeling of a sprits, like raven or some kind of bird, cause it was a painting of bird casting a shadow. In my teaching of Native American I remember them begin spiritual people. The way this painting was arranged or composed, was perfect for a horning this bird as sprit, the line in the painting were connective around the contour line of the bird. The bush storks are wide and use neo color scheme.  The other picture I choose to talk about in one if his pencil and ink on paper, called glass table, 1991 that was post up on the walk. There was this quote on the wall that help explain his work, “Sometime, I just paint. I don’t always know what its going to be .it just become and then I add to it and refine it sometime, I find object, and I see the art in tem so I paint it”. When I looked at the peace of art, glass table, the scale and portion was on lock down and with his light and shadow technique the picture looked perfect. He used unity and verity men on the glass table the women up in the air, smoke coming out of lip and forms a house running though the hills. This new movement of, Classic and Contemporary Native American Art, is some that I hope continues on putting out work because it will help to give new word into you history life and culture. After seeing this museum I feel I have deeper meaning and understanding of Native American art.

Also in this museum they had artifacts or ceramic pottery, jewelry, clothing placed around the floor. The two-piece I like were the necklace: from the Northwest Coast of California, unknown date and time; and the cooking pot, unknown culture of date.

The next part to this museum, Mingei International Museum, was the up stairs exhibit was the Maneki Neko: Japan’s beckoning Cats, form talisman to pop icon. I don’t really know to say about this exhibit there was a collection of decorator cat with their paws resided symbolizing peace or good luck.  The three cats that I choose to write about are Maneki Neko; imitation of Buddhist monk 20th century, copper, paw raised left. The second cat Maneki Neko, 20th century, kutani kiln, porcelain, paws raised right. The last and finally, cat Maneki Neko, 1880, fushinei style clay, cloth around neck ancient Buddhist tradition, right paw raised.

Over all the Mingei International Museum, was not a bad place to spend some of your time and gain some insight to and new and different cultural and my be your learn something new. If I had to say something to possible help them I would try an get more, Classic and Contemporary Native American Art, or another kind of modern contemporary art from another country, but overall all I enjoyed this museum so much I when to MOPA, the museum I original want to see and write on for this class.

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