14. Manifestipi at National Museum of American Indian
The Tipi gets a whole new look this month at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian, in its new exhibit, Manifestipi. The installation is the creation of the ITWE Collective, “a trans-disciplinary art collective dedicated to research, creation, production and education in the field of Aboriginal digital culture, based in Winnipeg and Montreal, Canada.”
Manifestipi is a display of five frosted Plexiglass tipis, each eight-feet in height and illuminated with neon hues of pink, blue, green and yellow — colors that change throughout the day. As visitors walk around and in between the tipis, the artists’ hope to encourage “dialogue and discourse, and promote individual perspectives about shared spaces.”
The installation, Manifestipi, has a limited engagement, from February 3 to March 25, 2018, and runs in conjunction with the exhibition, Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound, featuring 10 artists “who use light, digital projection, and experimental media to reflect on their place in and between traditional and dominant cultures.” Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound will be on view to January 6, 2019.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian is located in the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green.