Chicago field museum

Apsáalooke Women & Warriors

March 13. 2020

An artists' rendering featuring Ben's work "Sacred Under The Cliffs Of The Yellowstone" on the facade of the Chicago Field Museum for the exhibition Apsáalooke Women & Warriors opening Mar. 13, 2020.

Courtesy Chicago Field Museum

Celebrate bravery and beauty with the Apsáalooke people.



Ben's contribution to this amazing exhibition will function in many ways. From a 10ft sculpture based off of Ben's 14" clay maquette sculpture to a painting of Apsáalooke Medicine Woman, Pretty Shield, Isbinnaachitchiish to banners splashed upon outer the facade of the Chicago Field Museum. The artist will also have works represented at the tandem exhibition at the University of Chicago's Neubauer Collegium. One of these works will be a contemporary Apsáalooke War-Shield using traditional materials while also mixing in contemporary technology like neon lighting and an Ipad. 



Warriors who are fearless in battle. Powerful women who are keepers of war shields and their stories. Beaders, artists, mothers, two-spirited people. Hear their voices and many others in Apsáalooke Women and Warriors. 

In this exhibition, learn about the history, values, and beliefs of the Apsáalooke (Ahp-SAH-luh-guh) people of the Northern Plains, also known as the Crow. Understand and honor the tradition of “counting coup”—performing acts of bravery. From 100-year-old war shields to contemporary beadwork and fashion, Apsáalooke community members tell their stories and share vibrant works of art. 

Apsáalooke scholar Nina Sanders guest curated this exhibition with the support of the Apsáalooke Nation and Native artists and scholars.  

Ahó! Iitchiik dalóom! It is good you are here!

The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish, with select sections also in Apsáalooke. La exhibición está presentada en inglés y español, con algunas secciones en apsálooke. 

Follow this link to read more about the exhibition!