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Artist Talk: Action/Abstraction Redefined

March 6 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Photo of an abstract mixed media figure sculpture in a glass shadow box on display next to a modern and colorful triptych painting hanging on a wall in an art gallery.

Join father and son Native artists Doug Hyde and Frank Buffalo Hyde for an intergenerational conversation with Curator Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer.

This exciting Artist Talk will examine the influence and growth of Indigenous American art in the United States and illustrate the importance of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) student artwork featured in AMFA’s new exhibition Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s to 1970s.

Doug Hyde’s work Sun and Moon Gods (pictured above) is featured in the exhibition.

About Doug Hyde

A student of IAIA’s first graduating class, Douglas “Doug” Hyde (Nez Perce / Assiniboine / Chippewa), enrolled at IAIA in 1963, where he studied sculpture under Allan Houser, jewelry under Charles Loloma, and ceramics under Ottilie Loloma. He then received a scholarship to study at the San Francisco art institute, which he attended from 1967 until he enlisted in the US Army and served in the Vietnam War.

It was also around 1967 that he created the work Sun and Moon Gods, which embraces his experimental, organic style of “emerging” figures. The painted nails resemble beadwork an add a complex texture and personality to the piece. His sculptures often express his culture’s belief system and oral history. Sun and Moon Gods’ abstract figure also evokes petroglyph depictions of spiritual beings.

After his service in Vietnam, Hyde returned to IAIA in 1971 to teach sculpture. His works have been exhibited at the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, Texas; Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Eiteljog Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana.

About Frank Buffalo Hyde

Frank Buffalo Hyde (b. 1974; Santa Fe, NM) is an Onondaga/Niimíipuu (Nez Perce) artist whose paintings examine and elevate an image of contemporary Indigenous life through a vibrant pop-sensibility and uncompromising satirical eye.

His work has been shown at museums including the Wheelright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM; the C.M Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT; and Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK. It is in the public collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Iroquois Museum, Cobleskill, NY; Longyear Museum at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM; the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Hyde lives and works in Northfield, MN.

About Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer

Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer is the Curator of Collections at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in Santa Fe, NM. She is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Hopi and holds a BFA in Fine Arts Administration from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Lomahaftewa-Singer has more than 30 years of experience with contemporary Native American art and has curated or project-managed exhibitions at MoCNA including: The Stories We Carry, Experimental Expression: Printmaking at IAIA, 1963-1980, Action/Abstraction Redefined: Native American Art, 1940s to 1970s, iCon: A Tribute to Allan Houser, Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design & Influence</i<, 50/50: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years, Drawing from the Collection, Voices from the Mound: Contemporary Choctaw, and Lifting the Veil: New Mexico Women and the Tri-cultural Myth.

She currently sits on the New Mexico Capital Arts Foundation Board, Terra Foundation Indigenous Advisory Council, and has juried numerous art programs including the Forge Project Fellowships, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Fellowships, and the Santa Fe Art Institute Visual Arts Review Committee.

Image courtesy of Jason Masters.

Support for Artist Talk: Action/Abstraction Redefined provided by Art Bridges and the Alice L. Walton Foundation.

Action/Abstraction Redefined is organized by IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Support for this exhibition is provided by Art Bridges.

Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s to 1970s is organized by Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man, chief curator, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer, curator of collections, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and Dr. Lara Evans, IAIA Associate Professor of Native Art History.

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March 6
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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