A new exhibit at the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles will showcase over 250 examples of beadwork. According to the Autry, this exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how beaded floral designs became a remarkable art form as well as a means of economic and cultural survival for the Native North American people.
The exhibit will run March 15, 2014 through April 26, 2015, so plenty of time to plan a road trip to Los Angeles!
Ojibwe dance apron (breechcloth), 1885. Velvet, glass beads. Gift of Miss Donna Held. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center
Bag made by Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine/Sioux), circa 2011. Hide, cloth, glass beads, ribbon, metal. Purchased by the 2011 Gold-Level Member Acquisitions Committee. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center
Arapaho/Shoshone moccasins, 1947. Leather, glass beads. Gift from the Collection of D. L. and Shirley K. Hall. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center
For more information on the exhibit, prices and hours, please visit TheAutry.org.