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Canoe Form 2

Artist: Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk, 1944 - 2019)
Date: 1990
Medium: Wood, hide, glass beads, wire, graphite
Overall: 9 1/2 × 50 3/4 × 11 1/4 in. (24.1 × 128.9 × 28.6 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from Keith Shaver, 2021.14
Accession number: 2021.14
Classification: sculpture
In Collection(s)
Label TextTruman Lowe's Canoe Form 2, 1990, is a beautiful example of the artist's melding of a Minimalist aesthetic with materials and iconography from his indigenous heritage. Born and raised in Wisconsin Lowe was an important activist, teacher, and curator as well as a sculptor and printmaker. Canoe imagery was critical to his art, suggesting both vehicle and vessel, male and female, and ancient and contemporary. This work is made from willow saplings, a traditional material for the Winnebago people as well as one that Lowe used often in his art. Source: DMAC NEWS, Sep Oct Nov Dec 2021
Exhibition HistorySolo exhibit, Milwaukee Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1997
UW Art Department Faculty Quadrennial Show, Elvehjem (now Chazen) Museum of Art, 1990

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