spirit lodge exhibit at Dallas Museum of Art


March 25, 2022
05:00 PM until 11:00 PM


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1717 North Harwood,
Dallas, TX, 75201

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On Friday, March 25, stay up late with the DMA as you explore the art and culture of the Mississippian peoples. Enjoy artist demonstrations, art making, performances, films, and talks about the exhibition Spirit Lodge: Mississippian Art from Spiro.

Program Highlights

Film: Koo-Hoot Kiwat: The Caddo Grass House 
5:30pm and 10pm, C3 Theater
Over a thousand years ago, the Caddo Indians lived in the forests of East Texas. Watch this short film about the ancient tradition of constructing a Caddo Grass House. This film is presented by the Texas Historical Commission and Caddo Mounds State Historic Site.

Exhibition Talk: Spirit Lodge: Mississippian Art from Spiro 
7pm, Horchow Auditorium
Join Dr. Eric Singleton, Curator of Ethnology at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and F. Kent Reilly, Director of the Center for the Study of Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America at Texas State University, for a conversation about the Spirit Lodge exhibition. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Michelle Rich, The Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Americas at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Artist Demonstrations 
7–10pm, Founders Room
Learn about the objects, materials, and techniques featured in the exhibition as you talk with Native artisans and watch them work.
-Clothing Twining and Netting with Tonia Hogner-Weavel
-Beadwork with Martha Berry
-Loom Weaving with Margaret Wheeler
-Basket Making with Vivian Cottrell
-Pottery with Chase Earles

Fashion Show and Talk with Yonavea Hawkins 
8pm, Hamon Atrium
Beadwork artist Yonavea Hawkins will showcase several of her pieces and talk about her process and the connection between traditional and contemporary beadworking. Yonavea learned by sewing and beading cultural items for herself and family. When asked to participate in her first art market, she entered a pair of Delaware moccasins in the Beadwork category. She has since continued to win awards in other Native American art market competitions with her moccasins, beaded cultural items, and loomed beaded belts in the Beadwork or Cultural/Diverse Arts categories. Whether doing loom work or two needle appliqué beadwork, her beadwork designs are a combination of the traditional and contemporary using cut beads.

Pictured above: Starr Hardridge, Muscogee (Creek), COSMIC TWINS, 2016, acrylic and plaster on canvas, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 2019.17