New Indian Art Exhibit opens today - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

New Indian Art Exhibit opens today

By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –Southwest Georgia  is full of rich history. Part of our distinct history is being shown through an art exhibit at the Albany Museum of Art. It includes history on Creek, Cherokee, and Choctaw Indian tribes from right here in South Georgia.

This exhibit puts to rest the image of Native Americans as uncivilized. Also it shows Indian tribes and there civilizations formed before Europeans arrived in America.

If you've seen any old western movies, Native Americans can look pretty scary . "Those are just not true, They are sort of stereotypes or made up images of Native Americans," said Director of The Albany Museum of Art Nick Nelson. 

That's just what this new exhibit shows."These are portraits of prominent Native American leaders who were living in this area," said Nelson.  

Every painting is a picture in time, of the way things were. "This collection was started by the U.S. Government's Bureau of Indian Affairs," said Curator Merritt Giles. 

It was started as a piece offering because the Indians decided to give up their homeland.  "These leaders were on their way to sign treaties to give away their land to the U.S. Government," said Giles. 

Which is why they wore suits, hats and other European attire. Because they were about to meet President Andrew Jackson. " These are formal dresses. Imagine meeting the president. You wouldn't wear cut off jeans and a tank top," said Nelson.

But you'll learn that if you visit the exhibit. "The average person should care about this exhibition. Because it's really the history of this area, or the very beginning of U.S. History," said Nelson. 

To see a lot more about American Indians, Visit the Albany Museum of Art. Many originals that were made by Charlesberg King were destroyed by fire at the Smithsonian.

Most of the paintings date back to the 1820's. Henry Inman is responsible for painting the replicas on display at the museum. The Indian Gallery of Henry Inman opens today at 9:30 at the Albany Museum of Art. It's free to the public.

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:32:15 GMT

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>
  • "The Voice" contestant J Chosen helps community at Albany Strong Fun Fest

    "The Voice" contestant J Chosen helps community at Albany Strong Fun Fest

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:32 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:32:57 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The focus Saturday was on taking a break from storm cleanup and recovery, and to have a little bit of fun at the Albany Strong Fun Fest. The festival happened all day, with bands hitting the stage from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

    More >>

    The focus Saturday was on taking a break from storm cleanup and recovery, and to have a little bit of fun at the Albany Strong Fun Fest. The festival happened all day, with bands hitting the stage from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

    More >>
  • Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:46:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly