Great Washington Museums: National Museum of the American Indian

Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists is a NMWA-organized collaborative city-wide project highlighting works by women artists. During 2012, institutions throughout the Washington area are featuring an array of signature works by women artists that have enriched their distinguished collections. This landmark program, in conjunction with NMWA’s 25th anniversary celebration, continues NMWA’s dedication to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. This excerpt explores one of the National Museum of the American Indian’s signature works by a woman artist, Nora Naranjo-Morse’s Always Becoming. Visit nmwa.org and download the pdf map to begin your journey!

Nora Naranjo-Morse, Always Becoming, 2007; Mixed media site-specific sculpture, dimensions variable; Courtesy the National Museum of the American Indian

Nora Naranjo-Morse, Always Becoming, 2007; Mixed media site-specific sculpture, dimensions variable; Courtesy the National Museum of the American Indian

When acclaimed Santa Clara Pueblo artist Nora Naranjo-Morse created Always Becoming, it was with the intention that it erode over time. Composed of organic materials, the five sculptural forms, ranging from seven to 16 feet high, are nestled within the museum’s southern landscape, surrounded by indigenous plant life. According to the artist, the shapes are inspired by Native American architectural forms and familial relationships: “The natural materials…used to make Always Becoming symbolize the unique relationship indigenous peoples established with their environment.” On view outside the museum’s south entrance indefinitely.

National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave.