American Indian artists featured in library exhibit

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July 9, 2013
By: Emma Cummings-Krueger
"Blue Clouds at Twilite" by Jim Denomie
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Emma Cummings-Krueger
“Transmissions: Contemporary American Indian Art 2003-2013” organized by Kenwood's Bockley Gallery

Minneapolis Central Library is collaborating with the Bockley Gallery to present “Transmissions: Contemporary American Indian Art 2003-2013,” a temporary exhibit showcasing the work of seven local native artists.

Using a wide variety of mediums, “Transmissions” highlights the crossover between the artists’ Indian culture and influences from the modern contemporary art world. The exhibit explores concepts of the flow of ideas from one generation and one culture to another.

“In one way [“Transmissions”] can be looked at as a survey show,” said Bockley Gallery Curator Todd Bockley. “There’s an incredible amount of talent coming from different native communities in the region — Ojibwe and Dakota.”

The exhibit features work by six Ojibwe American Indians — Ahmoo Angeconeb, Frank Big Bear, Star Wallowing Bull, Jim Denomie, and Gage and Pat Kruse — and Francis Yellow, a Lakota. The majority of the artists live and work in Minnesota.

“For this exhibition I chose to select the [American Indian] artists who had been working the longest and have most developed themselves in their careers,” Bockley said.

The exhibit will feature drawings, collage work, sculpture and paintings. The raw materials used by these artists will include color pencil, acrylic, ink, oil, canvas, paper, red willow and birch bark.

On view now in Cargill Hall, the exhibit runs through August 24. The opening reception is 6 p.m.–7 p.m. July 9. At 8 p.m., artist Jim Denomie will discuss his work for the exhibit in the Doty Board Room.

“It’s a different public that gets to see this work; it’s the people who are going to the library, not a gallery or museum,” Bockley said.

Another speaker for the exhibit will be announced later this month, so guests are encouraged to check the Bockley Gallery’s website, bockleygallery.com, often for updates.