Left coast tra­di­tions: A View From Here

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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

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