WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's
National Museum of the American Indian acknowledges with great sadness the
passing of one of the most important artists in the history of indigenous
art, Norval Morrisseau.
"He was a role model, visionary and seminal force throughout Native
America and Canada," said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the
Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. "We were especially
fortunate to have the great man himself present at the opening of his major
retrospective, 'Norval Morrisseau: Shaman Artist,' at our New York City
museum. Through his groundbreaking and vibrant works, he positioned his
rich indigenous heritage squarely within modern art; a revolutionary and
uplifting achievement that influences contemporary culture through today."
John Haworth (Cherokee), director of the National Museum of the
American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center, where the Norval Morrisseau
retrospective is currently on view said, "This is a great loss for both the
Native and artistic communities of the world. We are honored to have an
exhibition of his powerful work on view at this sad time. As I walked
through the galleries this morning, I contemplated how his works have
uplifted and inspired countless viewers and also have encouraged hundreds
of Native artists to realize their own dreams."
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SOURCE The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian