Native Nations Now: An Exhibition of Contemporary Native Art
May 17 – October 29, 2018
The exhibition opened on May 17, 2018, with an opening reception that will feature the artists in the Plains Indian Museum with their art as an opportunity for direct interaction and dialogue between artists and guests. The Native Nations Now works will be featured on the “Contemporary Voices” panels (four panels, with 1–3 works on each panel depending upon size, and possibly sculptures) in the Plains Indian Museum, with additional works and information about the Creative Indigenous Collective in the new Native Arts Gallery on the lower level of the Plains Indian Museum. The exhibition will introduce the Creative Indigenous Collective as a regional force of national significance—seven Native artists (from Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota) featured in the temporary exhibition. The event, and the exhibition are the first of many future opportunities to establish the presence of Native art in the Plains Indian Museum with dynamic, emerging, and impactful contemporary Native artists. With the partnership of the Creative Indigenous Collective and other Native artists in the future, our goals are to explore the diverse media, messages, and relevance of contemporary Native art; and to provide dynamic outreach exchanges for audiences and artists.
One of the featured artists, Ben Pease, will be an Artist in Residence in the Plains Indian Museum in August 2018.