Institute of American Indian Art Museum Announces Upcoming Exhibitions
|Fritz Scholder GalleryStar Wallowing Bull: Mechanistic RenderingsJanuary 24 – July 31, 2015
Featuring recent paintings and drawings, and a selection of new works, this exhibition will reveal Wallowing Bull’s evolving aesthetic, one that reflects a growing mechanical sensibility of both form and style. Wallowing Bull is recognized for his signature color pencil drawings on paper that investigate the intersection of Native American and contemporary pop culture. Stylistically abstract and semi-autobiographical, these intricately crafted compositions are defined by a dense network of line and form that animate the shallow picture plane. Recently, the Ojibwe-Arapahoe artist has been making acrylic on canvas paintings; certain of his pieces reflect the influence of Pop artist James Rosenquist who became a mentor to Wallowing Bull in 2005.
The mechanical aspects of things – how things work – have increasingly fascinated Wallowing Bull. His paintings and drawings depict figures, sometimes robot-like, and objects that often show the internal structure of their making – the literal and metaphorical cogs and wheels. Some works directly depict bundles of colorful electrical wires, common tools, energy sources or their machine-like elements. Although unintentional, Wallowing Bull’s style is reminiscent of early 20th Century artists such as Ferdinand Leger and the Italian Futurists.
Chris Pappan: Account Past Due, Ledger Art and Beyond
January 24 – July 31, 2015
War Department: Selections from MoCNA’s Permanent Collection
Guest Curator: Dr. Lara Evans
January 24 – July 31, 2015
All of the works in this exhibition have something to do with war, but depict very little gore or physical violence. The armed conflicts referenced in these artworks span 500 years, from the Spanish/Pueblo conquest, to World War II, Vietnam, Wounded Knee, the Mohawk/Oka Crisis, and present-day conflicts. This selection of works from the permanent collection examines the nuanced depictions of war and civil unrest in contemporary Native art. We tend to think of war as a separate category, a separate “department.” Most of the works break the artificial separations between war and not-war. Soldiers are embedded in daily life, with family and friends, ceremony, policies and politics. These artists show us ways in which wars spill outside warzone boundaries, decades and even hundreds of years later. The lasting impacts of war and civil unrest are not decided by government officials in offices, but by the stories we tell and how we tell them, long after the War Department is disbanded. Note: The U.S. Department of War ceased operation in 1947, replaced by the Department of Defense and restructuring of the military branches.
Artists include: Shawn Bluejacket (Shawnee); T.C. Cannon (Caddo/Kiowa); David Neel (Kwakwaka’wakw); Dorothy Grandbois (Turtle Mountain Chippewa); Jean Lamarr (Paiute/Pitt river); Jack Malotte (Shoshone); Geronima Montoya (Ohkay Owingeh); Teresa Quintana (Kiowa); Heidi E. BigKnife (Shawnee); Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo); Floyd Solomon (Laguna/Zuni); Charlene Teters (Spokane); Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Navajo/Seminole); Marie K. Watt (Seneca); Melanie Yazzie (Navajo); and Alfred Young Man (Cree)
Dec. 2014- March 31, 2015
Mihio Manus documents the music scenes on the Reservation and the border towns of the Navajo Nation. Hardcore, punk, heavy metal, black metal, noise, and other forms of experimental music are his subject. Many of the bands aren’t signed to major labels, but they have galvanized a dedicated community of musicians, venues and audiences scattered in small pockets across the southwest. This exhibition of Manus’s photographs, taken over the course of a decade, is testament to his dedication to these music scenes. “One of my initial inspirations to learn photography was so that I could go to the punk shows and take pictures of the bands and people there. I found those types of events fascinating and loved punk and hardcore music. This guided me in college to study photography and journalism. I’ve heard many artists liken the tools of their craft to extensions of their bodies and minds. In many ways, I believe this to be true. Photography has become a part of my life ever since I learned to use a camera and load film.”
|Upcoming + Ongoing Public ProgrammingIn Conversation:
Christine Nofchissey McHorse, Garth Clarke and Mark Del VecchioWed. January 28, 20156:30 – 7:30p.m.MoCNA 2nd Floor Conference Room
This event is free to the publicPlease join artist Christine McHorse in conversation with curators Garth Clarke and Mark Del Vecchio as they discuss MoCNA’s current exhibition: Dark Light: The Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse.
Films: SWAIA’s Moving Image Class X Winners 2014November 15, 2014 – February 12, 2015
Helen Hardin Media Gallery
This program is free with museum admissionThis film program features SWAIA’s Indian Market Moving Image Classification X winners. This category is one of the most recent classifications added to the juried market. These awards recognize an artist’s dedication and skill in working with new media and innovative art forms while retaining a commitment to traditional creation and technique.
Photo Credit: Mona Terenius, owner and curator of Kiva Gallery