Denver Art Musuem to Open “Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead” Series as Part of Two-Part Series

Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead will showcase new work by the Minnesota-based American Indian artist, who is a citizen of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma.

Published July 13, 2018

The series will continue with visual artist Julie Buffalohead and conceptual artist Shimabuku

DENVER  — On July 29, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) will open its next installment of Eyes On, a focused multi-year contemporary art series, featuring the work of Minnesota-based visual artist Julie Buffalohead and Japan-based conceptual artist Shimabuku. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan, Eyes On will highlight about four emerging contemporary artists each year through 2020 in the Logan Gallery and Fuse Box on level 4 of the Hamilton Building.

Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead and Eyes On: Shimabuku is a two-part presentation organized by the DAM’s Native arts and modern and contemporary art departments. Curator of Native Arts John Lukavic and Denene De Quintal, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow in American Indian Art at the DAM, will curate a presentation of Julie Buffalohead’s large-scale oil paintings on canvas in the Logan Gallery. Rebecca Hart, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the DAM, will present a video installation in Fuse Box gallery on level 4 by conceptual artist Shimabuku. The second rotation of the Eyes On series will be on view July 29, 2018 to Jan. 20, 2019.

“We’re proud to present the second installment of our focused contemporary art series Eyes On,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director at the DAM. “The works presented in each of these installations will challenge our visitors to think about the narrative of self and place, and topics of ancestral history and modernity. As always, we hope that the artists provoke a sense of curiosity and creativity in each and every visitor.”

The Eyes On artists selected for this rotation in the Logan Gallery and Fuse Box have a thematic relationship to one another as well as to Stampede: Animals in Art, on view at the DAM through May 19, 2019. Although the visuals and artistic media are vastly different, both Buffalohead and Shimabuku use the depiction of animals as a vehicle to explore both familiar and unfamiliar narratives related to their personal heritage and the world around them.

Buffalohead uses metaphors, iconography and storytelling narratives in her artwork to describe emotional and subversive American Indian cultural experiences, and often analyzes the commercialization of American Indian cultures. Buffalohead frequently includes animals as subjects, and her eclectic palette and whimsical subjects evoke a childlike innocence. While she works in a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, drawing, illustration, bookmaking and sculpture, this exhibition will feature a new series of works on canvas that explores her own life experiences, as well as ancestral knowledge. Buffalohead’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the National Museum of the American Indian—New York, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis.

“Julie Buffalohead’s new body of work will present an example of exceptional Native art being produced all across the country,” Lukavic said. “The work will connect our visitors with tribally specific narratives that are culture-bound, emotional, and sometimes evocative, and I look forward to seeing how visitors respond to the work.”


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