Athena LaTocha

June 5, 2019 - September 30, 2019

The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium

Athena LaTocha (b. Anchorage, Alaska) is a Hunkpapa Lakota / Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe artist whose large-scale works on paper explore the tenuous relationship between natural landscapes and landscapes marked by human intervention. LaTocha’s preferred mark-making tools include rocks, bricks, and automobile tire shreds, which she utilizes for their physicality and ability to convey gestural intensity. She works on the floor, reflecting the relationship between human and landscape. LaTocha will participate in a month-long residency at Plains Art Museum, exploring and creating work inspired by the land through her unorthodox method. This exhibition in our 1st Floor Atrium will showcase work created during LaTocha’s residency.

Athena LaTocha has been featured at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, CUE Art Foundation, Artists Space, New York State Museum, South Dakota Art Museum, and the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2017 she had a solo exhibition at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe. In 2013 LaTocha was awarded the prestigious Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Most recently, she completed the 2018 Winter Workspace Program residewncy at Wave Hill in the Bronx, New York. LaTocha received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stony Brook University, New York.

Artist Residency
May 2 – June 4, 2019
Fridays, May 17, 24, 31, 1 – 4 pm
Stop by the alleyway between the Museum and Center for Creativity on select Fridays to observe and visit with Athena LaTocha during her residency.

Creative Process Talk
Thursday, May 16, 6 – 7 PM
During this creative process talk, artist in residence Athena LaTocha will share reflections on her artistic process and insights on her works in progress at Plains Art Museum. View LaTocha’s unconventional studio and learn about her innovative approach to creating landscapes.

  • Athena LaTocha, Ozark (Shelter in Place), 2018, Ink and earth on paper, lead, 120 x 288 x 12 in. Installation view: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR. Photo by Edward C. Robison III

Ongoing Exhibitions

Bee in Flight

Ongoing
Bee in Flight

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The North Dakota Mural

Ongoing
The North Dakota Mural

Drawing on his childhood memories of the Great Plains, he created a work that speaks to the wide open spaces, huge vistas, and ocean-like skies of the region.

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Fragile Preservation

Ongoing
Fragile Preservation
A Tallgrass Community

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