Beads: A Universe of Meaning

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May 14 2017 - Apr 15 2018

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian presents Beads: A Universe of Meaning. The exhibition traces the history of imported glass beads as a medium of exchange, artistic expression, and identity for indigenous peoples throughout North America. It features garments, articles of adornment, and works of art dating from circa 1850 to the present, and examines the ways in which makers of beadwork have simultaneously sustained tradition, engaged with popular culture, and developed a uniquely native art form.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.         

  • Decorative Arts
  • Indigenous
  • Culture / Lifestyle
  • Glass
  • Americas
  • Various artists

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