Native American Abundance in Art and Literature

Subjects: Art, Group Shows
Paperback : 9781943208838, 292 pages, 41 color photos, 8.5 x 8.5, May 2025
Open Access : 9781943208845, 292 pages, 41 color photos, 8.5 x 8.5, May 2025
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Boundless expands conversations on Native and Indigenous art and literature by presenting words and images in kinship. Starting in the collections of the Mead Art Museum and the Collection of Native American Literature at Amherst College and centered on the creative production of Native peoples of the Northeast, the project follows relationships between Indigenous authors and artists across the United States and beyond borders. Boundless presents an engagement of Indigenous curatorial methods as practiced by guest curator Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe) in an exhibition in two iterations hosted by the Mead in 2023 and 2024. Advisors to Boundless include Mohegan, Nipmuc, Shinnecock, and Wampanoag artists and scholars, along with others, who supported Erdrich in her urge to center the project in the Northeast. Advisors contributed both visual art and writing to the exhibition and publication. Collaborative co-creation between artists, students, faculty, Mead staff Lisa Crossman and Emily Potter-Ndiaye and the guest curator are also explored in this illustrated volume.

Amherst College’s Collection of Native American Literature contains thousands of Indigenous-authored works spanning centuries. The Collection’s abundance of books, prints, music, ephemera, and artist-made works, all by Native people, provide rich selections for Boundless. Crosscurrents of Indigenous visual art and literature are considered in this broad and interdisciplinary project. Boundless crosses generations to explore relatedness, kinship, and collegiality.

Boundless brings artists and writers together across generations, often drawing together works by members of the same tribe or even the same family to show the history, presence, and futurity of Native American creative and intellectual production.

Lisa A. Crossman is director of curatorial affairs at the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College. Her work centers on collaborations with artists, students, faculty, and guest curators. Her current research focuses on issues related to labor.

Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe) is author of Little Big Bully and many books of poetry and prose. She is an interdisciplinary artist who has curated dozens of Native arts exhibitions. Erdrich is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa who lives in Minnesota. Erdrich served as the 2020–2024 Amherst College Mead Museum Guest Curator.