December 21, 2019 – March 1, 2020
The colorful copper plate etchings of Santa Clara Pueblo artist Helen Hardin (1943-1984) celebrate her Native heritage as well as modern interpretations and techniques. Known for her strong sense of individualism and a modern, linear style, she rose to fame in the 1970s in a male-dominated art world. Hardin helped break boundaries in Native art at the time, moving away from traditional “flat style” figurative scenes while influencing a generation of artists.
Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo
March 28 – June 28, 2020
Experience the grit, determination, and pride of North America’s gay rodeo circuit. Blake Little’s arresting black-and-white photographs tell the story of a lesser-known part of American Western culture, capturing scenes of camaraderie, identity, and sport in an expansive redefinition of what a cowboy can be.
Pictured: Blake Little, Bareback Bronc Riding, San Diego, CA, 1992, archival pigment printed on Epson exhibition paper, 13 x 20 in; Loan courtesy of Blake Little.
Ergo Sum: A Crow A Day
July 18 – October 4, 2020
In 2014, Michigan artist Karen Bondarchuk (b. 1964) set out to mark the passing time that her mother – diagnosed with dementia in 2010 – no longer could. For 365 days, she painted a crow a day on a small hand-cut panel, remembering her mother as she once was and grieving her loss. The work from that year explores communication and an artist’s relationship to the world; it resonates for its depth, beauty and potent whimsy.
Pictured: Karen Bondarchuk, Ergo Sum: A Crow A Day, 2014-2015, charcoal, ink, graphite, pastel, Pigma Micron, gold leaf, and presstype on handmade gessoed panel, 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in, collection of the artist.