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- Website: https://dma.org/art/exhibitions/spirit-lodge-mississippian-art-spiro
- Line/Box Office Phone: 214/922-1200
Spirit Lodge: Mississippian Art from Spiro is the first major exhibition dedicated to the art and culture of Mississippian peoples. Although underrepresented in history, they created one of the most exceptional societies in North America, characterized by the construction of large earthen mounds that served as important cultural and ceremonial centers.
Spiro in Oklahoma is the only known ancient site in North America where thousands of extraordinary ritual objects from across the Mississippian world were amassed together in a hollow chamber dubbed the Spirit Lodge. Bearing images of people, deities, culture heroes, animals, and symbolic creatures, these objects demonstrate the complexity and expanse of Mississippian society.
Spirit Lodge: Mississippian Art from Spiro is organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in close consultation with the Caddo Nation and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, this exhibition of nearly 200 ancient and contemporary works explores Mississippian ceremonial centers, the discovery of the Spiro site, cultural continuity, and the active power of Mississippian art.
This exhibition is supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Kirkpatrick Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.
DMA member preview Friday, March 11 from 11am–9pm and Saturday, March 12 from 11am–5pm
On view in the Hoffman Galleries
Pictured above: Starr Hardridge, Muscogee (Creek), COSMIC TWINS, 2016, acrylic and plaster on canvas, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 2019.17