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Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists | The artwork, the planning, the opening

Dakota Hoska

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2018 Northern Plains Indian Art Market Juror’s Forum Lecture

Dakota Hoska

Oglála Lakȟóta/Wounded Knee

Enrolled member of Pine Ridge

Research Assistant, Native American Curatorial Department, Minneapolis Institute of Art


This is the 2018 Northern Plains Indian Art Market Juror’s Forum lecture, held in conjunction with the NPIAM, Sioux Falls, SD, September 29-30, 2018.

Dakota Hoska will discuss the inspiration, creation, and planning process for Minneapolis Institute of Art's upcoming Native women's show, the first of its kind. Native women are responsible for the creation of most of the artwork and regalia for their communities, but there has never been a large scale show dedicated to their contributions.  Hearts of Our People opens in June of 2019 and will feature artwork from Native women artists across the entire North American continent. There are approximately 120 pieces in the show and over half of them are by contemporary artists, the rest are either historic or ancient. All media is represented including dance, literature, and video along with the visual arts. 

The curation of this show was completed by a board of 21 Native American Artists and scholars, as well as additional non-Native scholars who are outstanding in their areas of expertise. Such a broad collaboration has never been accomplished to their knowledge. This exhibition will open at Minneapolis Institute of Art and will travel to four locations around the United States.  There is also a significant catalog with contributions from over 30 individuals.


This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm South Dakota Art Museum

Parking Information

Parking is available just west of the Art Museum on Harvey Dunn Street (in the Museum's free lot and after 4:00 in the lot in front of West Hall). There is also parking available behind Scobey Hall) without permit after 4:00 and also on the street. Handicapped parking is available immediately west of the museum on Harvey Dunn Street and in the Museum's parking lot on Harvey Dunn Street.