The Eiteljorg has taken the initiative to change the way museums typically tell Native Americans’ stories by creating a space for the peoples themselves to tell their own stories. The capstone phase of Project 2021 is the complete reconstruction of the second floor Native American Galleries, showcasing Native art in a modern space. The galleries will provide a contextual experience organized around the themes of relation, continuation, and innovation, demonstrating the continuum of Native art.
Working in tandem with our Native American Advisory Council, the Eiteljorg is committed to changing the way Native art is exhibited to provide focus on the voice and stories of the artists.
In 2019, the Eiteljorg acquired an extraordinary collection of national importance, including hundreds of pieces of Native American art representing tribes of the Great Lakes region. This acquisition was made possible thanks to Lilly Endowment Inc. Acquiring this art and other significant acquisitions was a major step toward our vision of reconstructing and reinstalling the Native American Galleries.
New multimedia will allow visitors to connect more personally and directly with the art. The galleries will include a large interactive digital map wall of North America, artworks presented in all-glass cases viewable in 360 degrees, interactive touchscreens and activity tables and downloadable audio descriptions of artworks.
These three themes will be the driving contextual force of the new Native American Galleries,
telling the stories about the peoples who created the art, both past and present.