Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place showcases the innovative nature of Native American artists whose ingenuity promotes cultural continuity. The works span a wide range of practices from the very old to the very new.
The artists of Mni Sota provide stunning examples of ways in which Native artists of the Minnesota region continue to embrace the contemporary while supporting tradition. The dialog that emerges between pieces in the exhibit generally categorized as “traditional” and those categorized as “contemporary,” highlights the dynamic nature of culture that encourages a broader understanding of tradition. The line that has historically existed between tradition and contemporary begins to dissolve as we recognize that innovation is one of our traditions.
All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis, MN November 4th – December 16, 2011
The Hage Atrium at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN January 3 – January 31, 2012
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN February 14th – March 15th, 2012
Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Onamia, MN April 1 – May 18, 2012
Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN May 28th – June 30, 2012
Featured artists in this exhibit include: Greg Bellanger, White Earth Band of Ojibwe; Todd Bordeaux, Sicangu Lakota and Dakota; Carol Charging Thunder, Oohenunpa and Oglala Lakota; Pat Kruse, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe; Denise Lajimodiere, Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe; Orvilla Longfox, Assiniboine; *Melvin Losh, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe; Cheryl Minnema, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Wanesia Spry Misquadace, Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe; Sandra Panachyse, Canupawakpa Dakota and Mishkeegogamang Ojibwa; Joe Savage, Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibwe; Chholing Taha, Cree First Nations; Cecile Taylor, Spirit Lake Dakota and Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe; Gwen Westerman, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota; *Delina White, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe; Bobby Wilson, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota; and Francis Yellow, Itazipco Lakota.
*Delina White currently serves on the R2AC Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council. Melvin Losh is a former Region 2 Arts Council AAI grant recipient.