Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
February 3-April 30, 2023
Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence showcases a new form of bead art, the ndwango, developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Using skills handed down through generations and working in their own unique style “directly from the soul,” according to artist Ntombephi Ntobela, the women create abstract as well as figurative subjects for their exquisite ndwangos.
Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela, My Sea, My Sister, My Tears, 2011. Glass beads sewnonto fabric.Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence Exhibition Info
Plateau Pictorial Beadwork: The Fred L. Mitchell Collection
February 12-May 14, 2023
Glass beads were first traded into the interior Pacific Northwest during the late 18th century, after coastal peoples acquired them from seagoing fur traders. The arrival of increasing quantities and colors of seed beads encouraged the creation of a regional style of decoration that adorned clothing, personal accessories, and horse gear. During a lifetime collecting Plateau floral, geometric, and pictorial beadwork, Walla Walla resident Fred L. Mitchell has amassed the premier collection of this material. His collection has become noteworthy, due not just to its size, but also because of its quality and diverse subject matter. The MAC is proud to present this survey of Plateau beadwork, which will include stunning beaded bags, cuffs, gauntlets, vests, cradleboards, and horse regalia.
Plateau Pictorial Beadwork: The Fred L. Mitchell Collection Exhibition Info
Beaded bag (two elk and bird), Columbia River Plateau maker, c. 1920, 17¼” x 15¾”. Fred L. Mitchell Collection.
Humaira Abid: Searching for Home
April 1-August 6, 2023
Humaira Abid: Searching for Home features the artwork of Seattle-based, Pakistan-born artist Humaira Abid. The beauty and mastery of Humaira’s woodcarvings of seemingly benign objects belie the upheaval and instability in society, especially that to which women are subject. Searching for Home presents a human-scaled look at the worldwide refugee crisis focusing on the plight of women and girls, who make up a disproportionate percentage of the millions who have fled their home countries as a result of political conflict and strife. The works demonstrate the artist’s ability to tread a narrow line between evocative (and often provocative) content and mastery in a material discipline.
Humaira Abid, Searching for Home, 2016-17, pine wood, carved; red wood stain. Photo: Adeel Ahmed.Humaira Abid: Searching for Home Exhibition Info
Kienholz’s Spokane: The Jesus Corner
April 1-August 13, 2023
This life-size assemblage by Ed and Nancy Reddin Kienholz is based on a building at the corner of Sprague and Bernard in Spokane, created with salvaged elements from the former structure and featuring a display window containing objects that comprise a religious shrine by a local resident.
Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, The Jesus Corner, 1984, Assemblage. Gift of the Artists, 1994; Museum Purchase, Works From The Heart Art Acquisition Fund, 1994-1998, with contributions from Sue Ellen Heflin, Betty Ostheller, Michael Meagher, Maxine Martell and Harold Balazs (3714.1)Kienholz’s Spokane: The Jesus Corner Exhibition Info
Dancing with Life: Mexican Masks
September 3, 2022-April 16, 2023
Through humor and subversion, Mexican mask makers have always responded to the social and political circumstances of contemporary life. With a regional focus in Michoacan, Mexico, this exhibition presents a selection of dance masks from the MAC collection and contemporary Mexican artists.
Photo by Dean Davis.
Dancing with Life: Mexican Masks Exhibition Info
Campbell House Originals
March 18-November 12, 2023
Take a tour of Spokane’s historic 1898 Campbell House and you will certainly hear someone ask, “is that original?” While Campbell House appears to be a pristine turn-of-the 20th Century residence, it hides another fascinating history. Since 1925, the house has been a public museum - almost four times longer than Spokane’s wealthy Campbell family called the mansion home!
Clues from the hunt for original furnishings and the ongoing restoration of its 1898-1924 residential character will lead you through this mini-exhibition that tells the other history of Campbell House’s ninety-eight years as a museum.
Psyche Revived by the Kiss of Eros statue, c.1903-1910, 2483.16 Campbell Family Collection
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Pictures of Poets
January 20-April 2, 2023
Photographer Dean Davis creates a show connecting artist and viewer using headphones and bigger than life portraits. Headphones (bring your own) put the poet in the viewer’s head while observing the poets’ larger than life portraits. Davis has photographed over 185 poets, including the country’s most famous - Ellen Bass and Robert Pinsky - along with many 8th grade writers, in an up-close and intimate way using forward lighting and black and white images
Photo by Dean Davis.