CONVERSATION | Wednesday 18 November | 16:30 - 18:30
In July 2020, First Americans opened at the National Museum of World Cultures, Netherlands in the Museum Volkenkunde. First Americans features pre-contact, historic and contemporary works of art from indigenous North America.The exhibition includes the first item that can be traced into the Royal Cabinet of Curiosities, a ball-headed club either Algonquian or Haudenosaunee, that is associated with Reverend Hermanus Bloem who lived in Wiltwyck on the Hudson River, New York in the 1660s. First Americans coincided with commemorations that were part of Leiden400, a city wide commemoration of the presence of the Pilgrims in the Netherlands. For our museum, Leiden400 presented an opportunity to reflect on time, sovereignty, futurism, resistance, resilience and community in contemporary indigenous America. Of the eighty works featured in the exhibition just under half are the work of contemporary living artists.