Atrium Gallery: Native American Baskets and Prints

  • Monday, Jan 23, 2017
Madison, Wis. (January 23, 2017) – Edgewood College is pleased to announce The Art of Ho-Chunk Basket Making and John Hitchcock: Protectors opening Thursday, January 26, at the Edgewood College Gallery

The exhibition runs Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, February 26, 2017. An opening reception is scheduled for 5:00-7:30 pm, Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Edgewood College Gallery, located in The Stream. These two exhibitions run concurrently with ‘Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay’ in the Gallery. 

The Art of Ho-Chunk Basket Making
The art of black ash basket making has been an economic source of income for the Ho-Chunk people since the late 1800s. Many families would make their baskets all winter long in order to sell to tourists at roadside stands in the summer months. These once utilitarian baskets soon became prized art objects that were enjoyed by collectors from all over the world. This exhibition presents an array of historic and contemporary Ho-Chunk baskets from the collections of JoAnn Jones, Tom Jones and Michael Schmudlach.

John Hitchcock: Protectors 
Inspired by the long history of social and political commentary within the discipline of printmaking, Madison-based printmaker John Hitchcock has filled the Edgewood College Atrium Gallery with multiple screenprint images of bison skulls mounted on a background of Naugahyde pelts in a form that suggests landmasses. Each of these elements is loaded with meaning pertaining to the environment. Drawing upon his Comanche/Kiowa and Northern European heritage, Hitchcock’s woodland and plains inspired imagery stand as metaphors for humans’ relationship with nature, the trauma of war, and the fragility of life.

Co-Curator of Re-Riding History, John Hitchcock is an Artist, Professor and Associate Dean of Arts at UW-Madison. His work has been experienced in numerous exhibits at national and international venues.