design by Jessica Gokey
ST. PAUL Original beadwork, birch bark and textile artwork
by five contemporary American Indian artists will be on display
alongside the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) artifacts that
inspired them, in the new exhibit "Renewing What They Gave Us: Native
American Artists in Residence," Saturday, September 23, 2017-Sunday,
April 22, 2018, at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The artists, Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen
Westerman and Holly Young, created the artwork as part of the MNHS
Native American Artist-in-Residence program. Since 2014, the program
has helped revive the study of technique, knowledge and lifeways
associated with traditional forms of American Indian artistry.
vest by Lakota Holly Young
For centuries, American Indian artistic and cultural practices
have been passed down from one generation to the next. But this
process experienced disruptions when American Indians were pressured
to assimilate with other cultures and when they were removed from
their traditional homelands to reservations. At the same time, many
museums and cultural organizations, like MNHS, grew their collections
of American Indian artwork.
Today, MNHS acknowledges its role in this disruption and is
working to become a resource for American Indian communities. MNHS
believes that museums can assist artists in connecting with works
created by their ancestors and can provide support for learning,
practicing and teaching. It is critical for museums to support the
recovery of cultural art forms that are in danger of being lost
Exhibit text will be presented in Ojibwe, Dakota and English.
The exhibit is free with regular History Center admission of $12
for adults, $10 for seniors, veterans/active military and college
students, $6 ages 5 to 17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members.
The Native American
Artist-In-Residence program is open to artists from Minnesota,
Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. Each artist serves a six-month
paid residency to study the collections at MNHS and other institutions
to aid in a better understanding of their respective art forms.
They also share their knowledge by developing programming in their
The Native American Artist-in-Residence program is made possible
in part by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
Funding for "Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists
in Residence" exhibit is made possible in part by the Henry Luce
Foundation and the Summer Fund. Additional support is provided by
the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans
on Nov. 4, 2008.