Again, as I always do in museums, I felt a convergence of experience and time.
One of the featured exhibits was "Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired", which showcases how today's artists learn from past generations. The exhibit features 30 new works by contemporary Native artists, paired with historic pieces from the Burke Museum that artists identified as key to their learning. Coincidentally, a contemporary tribal group met in an adjacent room where a man with drums chanted, wearing his own woven hat in the traditional design. See photos above/left depending on your display screen.
|My sketches of wings and eggs from the ornithology display in the lobby.|
|The elegantly displayed Xiphactonus from Kansas.|
The Confluence of Science and Art: Wes Wehr's Inspiration is now on display in the lobby of the Burke Museum. It is a fitting tribute. The entire display was beautifully arranged, like the perfectly arranged cabinet drawers of treasure in the paleontology and geology collections – the focus of Wehr's study and inspiration.
|Sketchers, both new and experienced, found their subjects.|
these toothy characters now, exclaiming: "So I'm stuck out in the middle of nowhere without a dental plan!"
Pssssst. Hey, guys, I hear there's a drawer full of teeth downstairs. FYI.