Muskegon Museum of Artwork to debut new exhibition highlighting Ojibwe traditions

MUSKEGON, MI – A brand new exhibition surrounding Ojibwe artist and filmmaker Jonathan Thunder is coming to Muskegon Museum of Artwork on September 29.

The exhibition, “Jonathan Thunder: Maamawi,” speaks to well-liked tradition, trendy society and Thunder’s Ojibwe heritage. It’s set to run from Thursday, Sept. 29 by Jan. 8, 2023.

As a member of the Purple Lake Ojibwe Nation, Thunder works to emulate a merging of up to date tradition and conventional heritage with boldly coloured, comedic and insightful works.

The theme for the piece, titled “Maamawi” (mom-ah-we), is the Ojibwe phrase for “collectively”, and addresses shared humanity, in line with the museum.

“The work and movies within the exhibition encompass concepts of connectedness to the land, life and folks,” Muskegon Museum of Artwork leaders mentioned, in a information launch. “Whether or not skilled collectively or alone, the problems offered by Thunder are the inescapable connections of society, shared by everybody.”

Thunder grew up within the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Whereas there, Thunder’s work appeared in native, regional and nationwide exhibitions, and his quick movies have earned a number of awards. Most lately, Thunder turned the primary recipient of the Jim Denomie Memorial Scholarship, in recognition of his dedication to artwork and neighborhood engagement.

His work and movies had been included within the 2020-2021 exhibition The Artwork of Individuals: Up to date Anishinaabe Artists, organized by the Muskegon Museum of Artwork and Grand Valley State College Artwork Gallery and visitor curator Jason Quigno.

A public reception for the Maamawi exhibit shall be held on the Muskegon Museum of Artwork on Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. with an artist speak at 6 p.m.

”The story advised by these artistic endeavors spotlight the shared experiences all of us have residing in at this time’s society,” mentioned Kristina Broughton, director of selling on the Muskegon Museum of Artwork. “I feel many individuals will be capable of relate to those works and discover a reference to the characters within the artwork, a few of that are acquainted to well-liked tradition.”

The Muskegon Museum of Artwork is open Tuesday by Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., with prolonged hours Thursday. Normal admission into the museum is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+, $6 for youngsters below 16, and free for MMA members. Normal admission is free for everybody on Thursdays.

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