Bently Spang is one of the most versatile artists in the region. He explores connections between contemporary American Indian identity and ancestral lands. His content is serious, but his choices lead audiences on humorous and ironic journeys.
New American Relics: The Sacred and the Mundane is an installation of mixed media sculpture and video projection.
Below is part of the installation in the Lynda M. Frost gallery at MAM; on the right hangs War Shirt by Bently Spang.
Below: New American Relics installation view Below: Relic, Bently Spang
MAM recently received a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to fund a series of site-specific installations at MAM. The series, titled "New Spaces/New Visions", includes six artists with personal connections to Montana. Each artist is invited to explore the MAM's newly renovated space and create an art installation specific to the gallery of their choosing. Bently Spang's "New American Relics: The Sacred and the Mundane" is the first installation of the series; it coincides with "LooM: Captive Moon and the Freckled Lake Bed" by Brad Allen, also a "New Spaces/New Visions" exhibition.
Member Night Preview Reception with Bently Spang, Thursday, May 10, 6-8pm.