The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston, is exhibiting 14 limited-edition, silk-screen prints by noted 20th-century Native artist Woodrow “Woody” Crumbo.

The exhibit, “On the Plains: The Art of Potawatomi Artist Woody Crumbo,” opened in October and is on view through January 4.

At 1 p.m. on January 4, collector Allan Niederman will give a gallery talk about the Crumbo prints loaned from his personal collection.

Crumbo (1912-1989), a Potawatomi from Oklahoma, was a well-known artist of Native American subjects, as well as a dancer, flute player, mineral prospector, and humanitarian.

Some of the prints come from the museum’s permanent collection; others are on loan from private collectors.

Each print is signed and numbered by Crumbo and bears the notation “artist proof.”
Three of the prints are titled “Eagle Dancer,” though each is different. The others are “Buffalo Dancer,” “Crow Dancer,” “Deer Dancer,” “Dog Soldier Dancer,” “Feather Dancer,”  “Flute Dancer,” “Humming Bird Dancer,” “Peace Pipe Prayer,” “Prayer Song,” “Scalp Dancer,” and  “Tail Dancer.”

Crumbo’s paintings are in numerous museums, galleries, and private collections, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Smithsonian Institution.  England’s Queen Elizabeth and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art own complete numbered sets of his etchings and silk screens.

The website of the Smithsonian American Art Museum quotes Crumbo as saying, “I have always painted with the desire of developing Indian art so that it may be judged on art standards rather than on its value as a curio . . . .”

One of the Mitchell Museum’s exhibit labels has this quote from the artist: “Half my life passed in striving to complete the pictorial record of Indian history, religion, rituals, customs, way of life, and philosophies . . . a graphic record that a million words could not begin to tell.”

Admission to the exhibit and the January 4 gallery talk are included with an entrance donation to the museum.  Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors, students, and children. Maximum suggested admission per family is $10. For information, phone (847) 475-1030.  On the Net: www.mitchellmuseum.org.

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