Art for the Future: Choctaw Identity and Creative Legacies
November 6, 2018 - January 20, 2019
Rosie Frazier, Mississippi Choctaw, "Collar Necklace," ca. 1975-84. seed beads, thread, metal. Collection of Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1986.11.3.
Rosie Frazier, Mississippi Choctaw, "Belt," ca. 1975-84. velvet, beads, metal. Collection of Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1986.11.1.
Unidentified Mississippi Choctaw Artist, "Miniature Basket," not dated. river cane. Gift of Joanne Cheek. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. 2000.045
For centuries, the Mississippi Choctaw have been creators. Through practices such as drum making, social dancing, basket weaving, and sports like Stickball, the Choctaw have defined and refined a cultural identity essential to American history, despite near obliteration through multiple forced removals. Fortunately, Choctaw artistry thrived throughout the 20th century, a combination of historic design and modern materiality. Artists maintaining these practices are conscious of their cultural future while maintaining a centuries-old history. Considered as a complement to the contemporary work by Jeffrey Gibson on view in the Barksdale Galleries, this installation contains traditional Mississippi Choctaw basketry and beadwork from the Museum’s permanent collection and borrowed from the Museum Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.