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8 Native American Artists are Featured at South Dakota Art Museum


October 11, 2011

Eight young Native American artists are displaying their South Dakota ties in a joint exhibition of drawing, painting and sculpture at the South Dakota Art Museum. A gallery reception and talk will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

Artists and their tribal affiliations in the exhibit include Keith BraveHeart, Oglala Lakota/Isleta; April Holder, Sac and Fox; Layli Long Soldier, Oglala Lakota; Floyd Nez, Sicangu/Diné; Henry Payer, Jr., Ho Chung; Michael Schweigman, Oglala Lakota; Hoka Skenandore, Oneida/Oglala Lakota/Luiseño/Chicano; and Marty Two Bulls, Jr., Oglala Lakota.

The traveling exhibit is organized by the Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation and The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

According to the show's curators, Mary Bordeaux of Rapid City and Mary Maxon and Peter Strong of Pine Ridge, the exhibit takes on a contemporary feel as the young artists express themselves using a variety of mediums, such as ink on bed sheets, with various styles, such as graffiti. Strong and Bordeaux will give a presentation during the Oct. 14 reception at 5:30 p.m.

The artists turned to memories, tribal culture, politics, history, pop culture and dreams as inspiration for their work. By challenging stereotypes through irony and wit, the young artists carved a pathway to shed light on Native issues and realities.

"I propose questions that sometimes result in no particular kind of answer, thus paving a way for a dialogue between the viewer and the art object," said Schweigman.

"I think that it is very important for viewers to see this inspirational exhibition because it gives them a taste of what young Native American artists are doing today," said John Rychtarik, Art Museum curator. "It is not what many people think of traditional Native American art, although, the artists are definitely influenced by their culture and background."

The exhibit, presentation and reception are free and open to the public. Members of the Delta Chi Fraternity will provide valet parking and coat checking.

The "Making New Traditions" exhibition will be on display until Jan. 15, 2012. The Art Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed for all state holidays and Sundays, January through March.

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