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Transference: Printmakers in Mni Sota Makoce


PUBLIC RECEPTION: Friday, October 4, 6:30 - 9pm, in partnership with NAASA
FREE INK DAY: Saturday, October 26, 12 - 4pm, with Jim Denomie & Alex Buffalohead
ON VIEW: September 16 - October 26, 2019

We Cannot be Redacted,  Gordon Coons, 2019, Relief

We Cannot be Redacted, Gordon Coons, 2019, Relief

Highpoint Center for Printmaking presents Transference: Printmakers in Mni Sota Makoce, curated by Alexandra Buffalohead. Transference highlights emerging and internationally renowned printmakers, all with connections to Mni Sota Makoce. The Dakota to English translation, Mni Sota Makoce, describes the experience of seeing “land where the waters reflect the clouds” in reference to Minnesota. Featured artists are well known printmakers, painters, animators, and textile artists.

The public reception on Friday, October 4 is hosted in partnership with the Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA) on the occasion of their 22nd Biennial conference in Minneapolis, October 2-6, 2019. NAASA exists to encourage the ongoing study and exchange of ideas on Native American art north of the Rio Grande including the First Nations of Canada. Members include Native artists, scholars, museum professionals, writers, and others involved in the study of Native American art. More information on the Native American Art Studies Association can be found here.

Prints in this exhibition by Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, and Dyani White Hawk were exclusively made in collaboration with Highpoint Editions. Prints by Jim Denomie, George Morrison, Frank Big Bear, and Star Wallowing Bull are on loan from Bockley Gallery; and Angela Two Stars, and Maggie Thompson are personally loaning prints. Gordon Coons, Johnathan Thunder, and Tamara Aupaumut will be premiering new work in this exhibition.

 Special thanks to Angela Two Stars in the creation and mentorship of the title of the exhibit, as well as to Alexandra Buffalohead, Bockley Gallery, and the participating artists.

ABOUT THE CURATOR: Alexandra Buffalohead is the Arts and Cultural Engagement Manager at the Native American Community Development Institute and All My Relations Arts gallery in Minneapolis, MN, as well as a contributor to the program council for the Northern Spark Festival. Buffalohead earned a BA from Augsburg University, an AS from the Art Institute International of Minnesota, and an MA from the University of Saint Thomas. 

FEATURED ARTISTS: Tamara Aupaumut, Frank Big Bear, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Gordon Coons, Jim Denomie, George Morrison, Maggie Thompson, Jonathan Thunder, Angela Two Stars, Star Wallowing Bull, Dyani White Hawk

Highpoint, in partnership with Dyani White Hawk, is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative Appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.