Marion Art Center exhibit explores Native American culture
MARION — The Marion Art Center presents its newest exhibit, Exploring Native American Culture: Art, Craft, and Inspiration, with works by Max Brown-Garcia, Makerjake, and Vincent Mancini, Feb. 18 through March 25, with a reception scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25.
The exhibit showcases three experiences of Native American culture. Brown-Garcia’s craftwork, including an eagle feather bustle, staff, and regalia, offers a glimpse into his firsthand Native male perspective.
Makerjake (a pseudonym for artist and educator Jacob Ginga), who descended from a large Native American family filled with indigenous craftspeople, finds himself occupying the cultural space between his Indigenous ancestors and his traditional middle-class upbringing. His paintings, prints, and drawings, which he sees as studies in visual culture, are also vehicles to explore the “emotionally complicated space” in which he exists.
Mancini, who is not Native, creates works inspired by Native American culture and spirituality, through a process called feather lineation. The process involves delineating an image by arranging segments of cut feathers in a geometric pattern. Mancini has said he is particularly interested in challenging perceptions, stereotypes, and expectations of Native American culture.
Mancini, along with New Bedford resident, artist and curator Jess Bregoli, were integral to bringing these artists and their works to the center.
Guests should check the Marion Art Center website for updates on in-person events, which are subject to change during local surges of COVID cases. All visitors must wear a mask while inside the Marion Art Center.
Current gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, or other times during office hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Friday by calling ahead. Visit marionartcenter.org/-on-exhibit for more information.