The Charles M. Bair Family Museum
Contact: Elizabeth M. Guheen, Director and Chief Curator, Charles M. Bair Family Museum
Immediate Release: July 30, 2013
Indian Ledger Art Exhibit Closes August 11 at the Bair Museum
The exhibition of Crow and Gros Ventre Indian Ledger Art at the Bair Family Museum has been extremely popular this summer. The 20 drawings on loan from the Charles H. Barstow Collection at Montana State University Billings Library are an intriguing look at the tribal history and traditions of the last decade of the nineteenth century. The exhibition closes soon and will be on display only through August 11.
The American Indian tribes of the Northern Plains were confined to reservations in the last part of the nineteenth century. Many turned to creating pictorial art as a means to preserve and pass on their history and heritage, using manufactured materials on hand, including pencils and ink, and paper torn from ledger books, school notebooks and office forms.
A new exhibit of Navajo weavings opening August 17 at the Bair Museum will give viewers a rare opportunity to see exquisite Southwest Indian rugs from the family’s collection. Many of the Navajo weavings were used on the floor of the museum’s rustic Pine Room added to the home in the early 1940s.
Most are archivally stored with only three exhibited each season. The new exhibition will give viewers an opportunity to see a special exhibit of additional weavings, including four pictorial, or ye’ii and ye’ii bicheii rugs, in the collection.
The show opens Saturday, August 17 and runs through October 31. The Bair Museum is open 7 days a week through Labor Day weekend, from 10am to 5pm. In September and October, hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm, (closed Mondays and Tuesdays.)
The Bair Family Museum is located at 2751 Montana Hwy 294 in Martinsdale, Montana, between White Sulphur Springs and Harlowton. For more information visit www.bairfamilymuseum.org