NASHVILLE, TN – Aug. 28, 2019 – “OSGEMEOS: In between,” an exhibition of sculptures and paintings by internationally-celebrated, twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolf, and “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” the first major museum exhibition exclusively devoted to Native women artists, will be on display Sept. 27, 2019-Jan. 12, 2020 in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery and the Ingram Gallery respectively at the Frist Museum.
OSGEMEOS (Portuguese for “the twins”) create imagery that blends wide-ranging influences, from Brazilian folklore to hip-hop culture.
“OSGEMEOS: In between” features eight mixed-media paintings and two sculptures. Many of the works are populated with large-headed, long-limbed yellow figures in whimsical settings. The works tell stories of fantasy, family, social change, and how tradition and progress coexist in Brazil.
OSGEMEOS has produced many public projects, creating works on the sides of water towers, in a series of digital animations in New York’s Times Square, and even on the sides of a Boeing 737. Wherever their works appear, they strive to communicate the value of feeling over reason, to help people “fly away” into a realm of pleasure and childhood delight, if just for a moment.
“Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists” was organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and developed in close cooperation with leading Native artists and historians. The exhibition offers multiple perspectives to enhance understanding of Native art practices.
Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. “Hearts of Our People” helps visitors understand the traditional role of Native women artists in serving the cultural, economic, diplomatic, and domestic needs of their communities and goes beyond the longstanding convention of treating these artworks as unattributed representations of entire cultures. The contemporary works on view, in particular, highlight the intentionality of the individual artist and demonstrate how artists have been influenced by the preceding generations.
Approximately 115 objects made from ancient times to the present day are featured, including traditional textiles, baskets, beadwork, and pottery, as well as painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installation art. The works are drawn from Mia’s permanent collection and loans from more than 30 institutions and private collections.
For more information on these and other exhibitions, visit www.fristartmuseum.org.
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Ellen Jones Pryor