Left coast traditions: A View From Here
The Ralph T. Coe Foundation mounts the largest exhibition to date of the Joan and Richard Chodosh collection in A View from Here: Northwest Coast Native Arts. The show comprises contemporary masks, sculpture, textiles, and works on paper by some of the most celebrated artists of the region, including Tony Hunt, David Neel, and John Leslie, as well as 19th-century stone carvings that the Chodoshes have been collecting for more than 40 years. The collection represents changing traditions in the mythic storytelling and visual art forms of Northwest Coast Native people. A View from Here opens Friday, Aug. 12. On the cover is Tsimshian artist Tony Gulbrandsen’s Triple Beak Hamatsa Mask.
affords visitors an opportunity to learn something of the formal qualities of artistic expression that vary from tribe to tribe and from individual to individual, giving insight into the history and importance of the art. This powerful imagery has coded myths, along with social and familial histories, into its visuals — all of which continue to exist today, in both aesthetic and functional forms.
Patrick Amos (Mowachaht Band, Nuu-chah-nulth): Wolf Mask, 1988
John Leslie: Sea Raven Mask, circa 1990
Artist unknown: Speaker Staff
Richard Hunt (Kwakwaka'wakw): Kwa-Gulth Frog, 1990