Christopher Green

  • Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Dispersal, 2019, Virginia tobacco, Perique tobacco, thread, seed pods, support stocking, and found pole, 43 x 14 5/16".
    picks June 01, 2021

    Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill

    In 1941, the exhibition “Indian Art of the United States” filled New York’s Museum of Modern Art with Indigenous works in order to transform their status from curios or ethnographic specimens to fine art. Eighty years later, the Métis artist Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill had a double-height wall in MoMA rubbed down with fresh tobacco leaf—when I was there, a few sweet-smelling particulates escaped the gallery’s filters and lingered in the air. Hill’s exhibition, her first solo institutional presentation in the United States, is also the first by an Indigenous woman at the museum’s Fifty-Third