When you are asked to imagine Native American art, chances are you might be less familiar with its artists.
However, in its final few days, the exhibit “Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now” at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art is hoping to challenge any preconceived notions. The exhibit is doing so alongside Choctaw singer/songwriter Samantha Crain, who will visit the museum on Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. to perform some of her award-winning music.
“I love visual art, and I really like any sort of experience or performance that takes me out of sort of the normal playing in clubs or theater sort of gig,” Crain said. “I'm in this to make connections with people on a really unique level, where it doesn't just get sort of repetitive.”
This is not the first time that Crain has lent her talents to a museum exhibit. Crain previously wrote and sang two songs for “T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America,” an exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum back in 2018. It was this exhibit, then open at the National Museum of the American Indian, that introduced Lou Brown, the director of programs at Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics, to Crain’s music.
Crain's music added depth to T.C. Cannon's work, making this exhibit memorable and special — qualities that the Nasher exhibit could benefit from, Brown said.