Boundless, a nearly museum-wide exhibition at the Mead, features work by Native American writers and artists, grounded in but not confined to the Northeast. Guest curator Heid E. Erdrich designed it to take shape like water, moving across generations and geographies.
Works from the Mead Art Museum collection and books from the College’s Collection of Native American Literature form the core of the show, which runs through Jan. 4. (There will be a smaller version in the spring.)
The day before the opening reception, Erdrich, who is Ojibwe, said she hopes visitors will take away the knowledge that “Native people have contributed to art and literature in what’s now the United States since the beginning,” and that they continue to do so. “The future of Native art is being revealed,” she said.
The show was developed with an advisory committee that includes members of the Nipmuc, Wampanoag, Shinnecock and Mohegan nations, among others, and also with Amherst faculty, staff and students.