This gallery features Ben's contributions to the exhibition "Apsáalooke Women & Warriors" a major joint exhibition between the Chicago Field Museum & the University of Chicago's Neubauer Collegium, March 2020.

Ben's works to be featured are:

+THUNDERBIRD SHIELD, Neubauer Collegium

+THE PRAYER, Neubauer Collegium

+INTO THE FUTURE SCULPTURE, Field Museum

+WHEREIN LIES LIFE, Field Museum

+ISHBÍNNAACHE ÍTCHISH DAASÁTCHUCHIK(PRETTY SHIELD PAINTING), Field Museum

+SACRED ALONG THE CLIFFS OF THE YELLOWSTONE, Field Museum

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+THUNDERBIRD SHIELD, Neubauer Collegium

 

 

Traditionally sourced bison hide, Neon light, Ipad, earth pigments,

 wool, brass, ermine skin, imitation eagle & hawk feathers, plexiglass,

steel, rubber, nylon, various electrical components.

 

39.75"(h) x 30.25"(w) x 6"(d)

 

© Ben Pease. 2019

 

Available for purchase, any inquiries can be sent to art@benpeasevisions.com

 

Inspired by the multiple facets of Apsáalooke history & culture, this shield takes notes from the Thunderbird Medicine Lodge of Apsáalooke Scout, Morning Star, or better known as White-Man-Runs-Him, Ben Pease's Great-Great-Grandfather. The vertical white lines tell of hail & sleet which are said to appear in the presence of the Thunderbird. The vertical lines are reminiscent of motifs on shields which were owned by Morning Star & his Father, Bull Chief, the artist's Great-Great-Great Grandfather. These historical pieces are now housed in the permanent collections at the Chicago Field Museum with over 40 other Apsáalooke Shields. The 4-pointed star is used to represent the Son of the Morning Star, as reflected in historical Apsáalooke symbology. At the top 1/4, the dark blue stands for the night sky, the red line is the sacred time between night and morning when the world stops. The green band represents the earth. Lightning is also emanating from the eyes and feet of the Thunderbird being, a spiritual and mythical presence of the Apsáalooke People. As the video composition plays it is in relation to a multiplicities of time, perspective, and perceptions of humanness and experience. 

+Future In Our Eyes, Field Museum

Oil-based clay, wood, steel. (Maquette)

 

14"(h) x 5"(w) x 3.25"(d)

Rigid Foam, adhesive, steel, fiberglass, acrylic paint

approx. 12'ft x 5'ft x 3.25'ft (final sculpture)

 

© Ben Pease. 2019

+WHEREIN LIES THE BEAUTY of LIFE, Field Museum

+ISHBÍNNAACHE ÍTCHISH DAASÁTCHUCHIK(PRETTY SHIELD PAINTING), Field Museum

+SACRED UNDER THE CLIFFS OF THE YELLOWSTONE, Field Museum

+THE PRAYER, Neubauer Collegium

 

© Ben Pease. 2019

Ben's painting will be represented in many ways throughout this exhibition. The Chicago Field Museum has selected to exhibit two original works by Pease, "ISHBÍNNAACHE ÍTCHISH DAASÁTCHUCHIK(PRETTY SHIELD)" & "WHEREIN LIES THE BEAUTY of LIFE". The Field Museum will also use two works for marketing and display pieces. A 1ofoot high print of Ben's painting "SACRED UNDER THE CLIFFS OF THE YELLOWSTONE" will greet visitors as they enter the exhibit, along with large scale banners gracing the outer facade of the Field Museum. 

At the Neubauer Collegium, a ward of the University of Chicago, Pease's painting featuring Apsáalooke Matriarch Amy Yellowtail-White Man Runs Him "The Prayer" will be exhibited alongside his contemporary Thunderbird War-Shield and other TBD contributions. 

Both exhibitions open in March 2020.