Expose yourself to the wonders of Native American artistry with an exhibition that features exquisite jewelry.
We all love to place art on our walls, shelves, and tables to beautify and embellish spaces we frequent. However, art that can be used to beautify us seldom receives the attention it deserves, leaving few to appreciate the subtle designs, attention to detail, and artistry involved in its fabrication. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Wyoming is looking to expose the amazing efforts of Native American jewelers through a current exhibition that features hundreds of objects, ranging from bracelets and necklaces to rings and pins.

A case featuring numerous bracelets

Curated by Donna Poulton, the exhibition — in addition to placing the work on public view — is displayed masterfully, with some objects expertly hung to allow full 360-degree views. All the works, but particularly a silver and turquoise belt from the 1940s, are absolutely stunning. The belt has a mesmerizing rhythm to its design, which alternates between large and small floral motifs. The exhibition also serves as evidence of the growing appreciation of Native American jewelry. In fact, major designers such as Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan, and the stylists for Vogue magazine, have borrowed from or been inspired by the style.

A few of the beautiful necklaces on display

“Adornment in the West: The American Indian as Artist” is currently on view and will be on view through October 16.
To learn more, visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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