The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center kicks off its season with a newly curated contemporary art exhibition and artist reception on March 31. Titled “Without a Theme”, the display showcases approximately 20 vibrant, large-format installations from seven premier North American artists.
The exhibition will be housed in the Mashantucket Gallery until Nov. 2 and is included in general museum admission.
An opening reception will be held on March 31, from 6–9 p.m. Guests will enjoy the first look at this world-class compilation and the opportunity to meet featured artists from across the United States and Canada. This event is free and open to the public, and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Pequot Cafe’s acclaimed executive chef, Sherry Pocknett, will be served.
“‘Without a Theme’ is an important concept behind this incredible contemporary collection,” said Tahnee Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder, Pequot Museum curator. The large-scale format is set up, she explained, to let “the purpose, message and emotion of each piece move the individual. This is in mindful contrast to popular Native exhibits in which emphasis is placed on the artist’s heritage, or on visual themes that don’t necessarily convey modern Native life.” she said. “Our focus on color and composition — rather than theme — allows the artists’ connections to their community and their purpose to speak for itself.”
Exhibition pieces are composed of acrylic, mixed media, glass, sterling, and organic materials. Featured artists include: Jeff Kahm of Saskatchewan, Canada; Bob Haozous of New Mexico; Allan Hauser of Oklahoma; Courtney Leonard of New York; Isaac Dial of Utah; Russel Frye of New Mexico; and Joe Feddersen of Washington.
The museum is planning lectures, student and youth activities, and other special programs tied to “Without a Theme” in coming months. Through the artists and their works, scholars and participants will examine the diverse narratives of modern Native life through artistic expression. Follow the details at pequotmuseum.org. The museum is located at 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket. Call 800-411-9671 for more information.