Two recent videos from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., spotlight the work of UW–Madison’s John Hitchcock, a contemporary artist and musician and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the School of Education’s Art Department.

An installation by Hitchcock is part of the National Gallery’s current exhibition, “The Land Carries Our Ancestors: Contemporary Art by Native Americans,” which brings together works by an intergenerational group of nearly 50 living Native artists practicing across the United States.

The exhibition opened Sept. 22 and is on view through Jan. 15, 2024.

The artists featured in the exhibition use a variety of practices — including weaving, beadwork, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, performance, and video — to visualize Indigenous knowledge of the land. The first video the National Gallery published shows a time-lapse of Hitchcock and the exhibition team transforming an empty gallery into “a wall of wonder” as they install Hitchcock’s work, “Impact vs. Influence.”