PLAINSAs a northeasterner living in the Midwest I have a totally new perspective on things. For example, I have a much larger appreciation of the history of the region, which although from an US perspective is newer than the Colonial era I am used to, has a lot to offer. Most notably is the history of the Native Americans who populated the plains and prairies long before Europeans arrived. The Indians left a legacy are great artwork reflecting an ancient culture.

Now, a major exhibition of some of these works has been curated and will be opening at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art this month. The Plains Indians Artists of Earth and Sky, which I had the pleasure of previewing while on exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, opens today in New York.

About The Plains Indians Artists of Earth and Sky at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “This exhibition will unite Plains Indian masterworks found in European and North American collections, from pre-contact to contemporary, ranging from a two-thousand-year-old human-effigy stone pipe to contemporary paintings, photographs, and a video-installation piece. Works of art collected centuries ago by French traders and travelers will be seen together with those acquired by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition of 1804–06, along with objects from the early reservation period and recent works created in dialogue with traditional forms and ideas.”

The Plains Indians Artists of Earth and Sky continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Art 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, New York) through May 10, 2015.