Photographer Saugatuck’s work featured in Holland Museum’s new exhibition

The Holland Museum’s new exhibit provides insight into the faces of Indigenous peoples from across the United States.

The exhibit, “Contemporary Portraits of Native Americans by James Cook,” opens Feb. 4 and runs through June 20.

This collection of 25 color photographs explores the varied lives of Native Americans in the modern world through the lens of Saugatuck photographer James Cook. Her photos capture stories of family, tradition and resilience.

“We are thrilled to present this important work by Saugatuck photographer James Cook,” said Executive Director Ricki Levine.

Cook is a lifelong photographer who worked for years as a freelance photojournalist, with work in publications including Time, Newsweek and Forbes.

He has spent decades building relationships with Native American communities across the country, documenting dancers, performers, elders and other tradition keepers.

The exhibition sponsor is Horizon Bank and the media sponsors are WGVU/PBS TV and NPR Radio.

Three programs are planned to complete the exhibition:

Artist’s words: Contemporary Portraits of Native Americans by James Cook – Part 1 of 2, Thursday, February 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Virtual. Registration required. Hear photographer James Cook discuss his work featuring Native Americans across the country, embracing their heritage and building relationships with these tribal communities.

Artist’s words: Contemporary Portraits of Native Americans by James Cook – Part 2 of 2, Thursday, February 24, 2022, 7-8:30 p.m. In person. Registration required. James Cook will continue the story of his extensive photographic career focusing on his photo documentary at Wounded Knee as well as more recent work.

Anishinaabe family traditions connect us to our environment: Maple season, Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., virtual. Registration required. Elizabeth J. Chivis (Whitepigeon), Eagle Clan of the Potawatomi and Chippewa Nations and a citizen of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, will discuss the history of Anishinaabe families and how they harvest their resources and continue to follow their cultural traditions in a contemporary context. world.

Check the Holland Museum website for exhibition details and to register for upcoming programming. For everyone’s safety, wearing a mask is mandatory for all visitors.

The Holland Museum’s mission is to preserve our past, to imagine our future. The Holland Museum is located on the northeast corner of 10th Street and River Avenue across from Centennial Park at 31 W. 10and St.

For more information, please call 616-796-3329.