Ledger Art from the J. W. Wiggins Contemporary Native American Art Collection
August 14–November 28, 2020
Galleries at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library
As part of the Central Arkansas Library System’s celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Arkansas author Dee Brown’s classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the CALS Galleries at Library Square are honored to host an exhibition of ledger art from the J. W. Wiggins Contemporary Native American Art Collection.
Wiggins explains that these “contemporary Ledger Art Drawings are created by Native American artists from the late 1980s until today. These drawings are done on any surface that was previously used for a different purpose. The repurposed surface, medium, and subject reflect the life of today’s Native American, just as the Traditional Ledger art did the life of that era’s Native American artists.”
According to the Plains Indian Ledger Art website at the University of California: “Ledger Art represents a transitional form of Plains Indian artistry corresponding to the forced reduction of Plains tribes to government reservations, roughly between 1860 and 1900. Due to the destruction of the buffalo herds and other game animals of the Great Plains by Anglo-Americans during and after the Civil War, painting on buffalo hide gave way to works on paper, muslin, canvas, and occasionally commercially prepared cow or buffalo hides.” With this exhibition, GALS@CALS seeks to highlight the variety of artwork being created in the United States today by Native artists.
The Central Arkansas Library System and its Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Arkansas author Dee Brown’s American classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee with a series of lectures and exhibitions that recognize the enduring importance and power of Brown’s groundbreaking volume. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Division of Arkansas Heritage, funded by the 1/8 cent conservation sales tax, Amendment 75.
James Starkey (Cheyenne River Lakota)
Suicide Boys Attack Custer’s Last Stand
Acrylic ink on deer hide
J. W. Wiggins Contemporary Native American Art Collection, UA Little Rock