Kevin Red Star, one of Yellowstone Art Museum’s Native American artists, will be the featured speaker at Ethnologisches (Ethnological) Museum in Berlin on Sunday, Sept. 23. Red Star’s art is exhibited in “Native American Modernism: Art from North America.” The 160-piece exhibition is part of the 300,000 Native American art objects at the museum — the largest collection outside the Americas.
One of nine children, Red Star grew up on the Crow Reservation, nurtured in the arts by his parents. Culture shock came in his teens when he was one of 150 Native American students selected to attend a new art institute, Institute of American Indian Arts, now in its 50th year. He had never been on a plane and spoke English as a second language. Renowned artists were among the instructors that quickly became role models and mentors, as well as the much-needed family connection for teens out on their own. Encouraged to explore his own culture and those of other native peoples, Red Star pursued the arts, finding his niche in contemporary form. Forty years later, Red Star continues to honor and preserve his Crow heritage, culture and traditions through his art. He lives and works in Roberts, close to his family and native homeland.
Red Star’s work is also displayed in Africa through the Department of State and collected by major galleries in Germany, France, Russia, Japan and the U.S. To view his work or for more information, go to www.kevinredstar.com.