Published on : Saturday, September 13, 2014
Spirit of the People: A Native American Exhibition has returned for permanent
display in Denver International Airport’s (DIA) Jeppesen Terminal, north, Level 5. Spirit of the People was temporarily removed from this location for conservation and cleaning in May 2013.
Spirit of the People: A Native American Exhibition tells the story of Native Americans in the Colorado region through paintings, photographs and narratives. The exhibition begins in international arrivals with 53 pieces of artwork depicting life in Colorado approximately 7,000 to 10,000 years ago and continues with the Anasazi people who lived in Colorado 1,000 years ago. Historical tribal images and stories proceed through the corridors and culminate in Jeppesen Terminal with 31 large-scale photographs and murals of contemporary American Indians. The 84 works of art in this entire exhibition were created by 13 members of historical tribes from the western region.
A part of the City and County of Denver’s Public Art Program, this exhibition is a component of the inaugural artworks commissioned specifically for DIA during its original construction. Over the last year, the works within this exhibition underwent a thorough conservation treatment undertaken by the Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts and were fitted with archival frames from Dry Creek Gold Leaf. The exhibition was reinstalled at Denver International Airport by Silo Workshop. Conservation was overseen by the WesternAmerican Indian Chamber and the Denver International Airport Art and Culture Public Art Program.