Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Truth About Stories
Julie Buffalohead
May 30 – July 31, 2015
South Gallery

A collection of recent works on paper by Minneapolis-based artist Julie Buffalohead. Known for her rich use of allegory and archetype, Buffalohead’s narrative drawings are dreamscapes of coyotes, rabbits, turtles, deer, birds and other characters. In her works animals often take human form and vice-versa. For the artist, this fictional world is a means to engage with the very real ills of contemporary society including the rise in gun violence, abuses of power, and racial injustice. Despite their inflections with dark undertones, the drawings also evoke a sense of play. In one instance, a prairie dog acts out a scene with cutout shadow puppets to a dozing deer, the deer itself participating in the masquerade with a tree branch tied to its head where an antler would be.

About the artist: 
Born in 1972, Julie Buffalohead is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1995 and her Master of Fine Arts from Cornell University in 2001. Buffalohead lives and works in Saint Paul MN. Her work was in a one-person show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, which opened December 2014. She was awarded a prestigious Contemporary Art Fellowship in 2013 by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. Buffalohead also has been the recipient of the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, and a Fellowship for Visual Artists from the Minnesota State Arts Board. In addition to Bockley Gallery, Buffalohead’s work has been exhibited at local and national venues including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, the George Gustav Heye Center, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, the Carl N. Gorman Museum in Davis, California, the Plains Art Museum, Fargo ND, and Artfit Exhibition Space in Phoenix AZ.

An Evening Redness in the West
August 21 – December 31, 2015

Wanderer
Meryl McMaster
August 21 – December 31, 2015

The Influence & Art of Lloyd Kiva New
January 22 – July 31, 2016