Waasamoo-Beshizi

February 5, 2019 - July 31, 2019

Fred J. Donath Memorial Gallery

Waasamoo-Beshizi (Power-Lines) is a group exhibition featuring work by 25 contemporary Ojibwe, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Eastern Band Cherokee, Seneca, Cree / Flathead, and Ponca women artists. The exhibition recognizes Native women artists as central contributors, shapers, and culture bearers within Native communities and within the narrative of contemporary art.

Waasamoo-Beshizi celebrates the connections Native women have to each other and the intergenerational passage of knowledge through visual art and tradition. The title of this exhibition is inspired by powerlines and transmission towers, whose shapes are reminiscent of dresses. Many exhibiting artists engage with weaving, clothing, and textile traditions while reflecting on culture and identity. Clothing can both hide and reveal something about the wearer, can reflect individual and cultural identity, and can celebrate, honor, and remember.

This exhibition is curated by Plains Art Museum’s Laura Youngbird, with support from Tasha Kubesh, Netha Cloeter, and Joe Williams. This exhibition was developed as a “Sister Show” connected to the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s exhibition Hearts of our People: Native American Women Artists. Mia’s exhibition is the first major thematic exhibition exploring the artistic achievements of Native women artists, from ancient times to the present.

  • Maggie Thompson, In Loss, 2015, Vinyl, photography, weaving, 9 x 11 ft.
  • Julie Buffalohead, Entwined, 2014, Lithograph, 22.6 x 60 in., On loan from Highpoint Center for Printmaking

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