Celebrating George Morrison, the founder of Native modernism

0
2983
views

Artist George Morrison was born in a

Native American fishing village near Lake Superior, but his art

career took him all around the world.

He studied at the Minneapolis School of

Art and the Art Students League in New York City. He befriended

Willem de Koonig and Franz Kline. He worked in France and taught at

the Rhode Island School of Design — and finally came back home to

Minnesota to teach at the University of Minnesota.

Morrison, who passed away in 2000, is

considered a founder of Native modernism. His work will be on exhibit

at the Minnesota History Center from Feb. 14 to April 26, 2015.

celebrating george morrison 1-web.jpg

celebrating george morrison 3-web.jpg

celebrating george morrison 2-web.jpg

Top left: Artist George Morrison. Photo by Dick

Bancroft, Courtesy of the Minnesota History Center.

Top right: "Spirit Path, New Day, Red Rock

Variation: Lake Superior Landscape" by George Morrison was

created in 1990. The acrylic and pastel on paper is among Morrison’s

works that will be featured at a Minnesota History Center

exhibit. Courtesy of the Minnesota History Center

Bottom: "Cumulated Landscape" by

George Morrison was created in 1976. The piece is among Morrison’s

works that will be featured at a Minnesota History Center

exhibit. Courtesy of the Minnesota History Center.

Minnesota Public Radio News can be heard on MPR’s statewide radio network or online at www.mprnews.org.