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Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers

April 24 – July 21, 2024

Images from left to right:   May Ling Kopecky Self Portrait - Multiple Sclerosis and My Body, 2022  colored pencil, ink, and graphite on Dura-Lar and graph paper; 71" x 30"  ︎︎︎Image description: The portrait of a woman with brown hair is made of drawings of various parts of her body created using various techniques. Next to each drawing is a description of the portaied symptoms.   Benjamin Merrit Care is, 2020                                                              etching, aquatint, drypoint, sugarlift, spitbite; image 18 x 24”, full sheet 22 x 30”            ︎︎︎Image description: One black and white print, consisting of “care is” written in white on the top half, and a white rectangle on the bottom half. The text is sitting on a dark field of texture and gestural marks, the blank rectangle consists of faint texture.   Kym McDaniel Screenshot from Exit Strategy #1, Exit Strategies Series, 2017-2021  video series; 40:23 min  ︎︎︎Image description: Silver spoons arranged on a table

Joe Geshick, Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, The Welcoming, 2004, Oil on canvas, 72 x 84 in. (182.9 x 213.4 cm) Collection of The Acreage of Osceola, WI. On loan from Kiran Stordalen Trust.

Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers

On view April 24 – July 21, 2024 at Rochester Art Center

Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers features work in a wide variety of painting media and esthetic approaches by 29 artists, including Frank Big Bear, David Bradley, Awanigiizhik Bruce, Andrea Carlson, Avis Charley, Fern Cloud, Michelle Defoe, Jim Denomie, Patrick DesJarlait, Sam English, Carl Gawboy, Joe Geshick, Sylvia Houle, Oscar Howe, Waŋblí Mayášleča (Francis J. Yellow, Jr.), George Morrison, Steven Premo, Rabbett Before Horses Strickland, Cole Redhorse Taylor, Roy Thomas, Jonathan Thunder, Thomasina TopBear, Moira Villiard, Kathleen Wall, Star WallowingBull, Dyani White Hawk, Bobby Dues Wilson, Leah H. Yellowbird, and Holly Young.

Exhibition Dates, Location, Hours, Access, Parking

The exhibition is open to the public April 24 - July 21, 2024 and can be seen at the Rochester Art Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Suite 120, Rochester, MN 55904. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Closed Thursday, July 4. There is metered parking nearby on the street, and paid parking available at the Civic Center parking garage (FREE after 4pm and on weekends). There is a bus stop nearby and the building is located on the bike path system.

The exhibition premiered at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (January 16 – March 16, 2024), before coming to the Rochester Art Center (April 24 – July 21, 2024) and will continue to the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth (September 3 – December 27). The Katherine E. Nash Gallery has published a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue with critical essays by several prominent Native American scholars. The catalogue is distributed worldwide by University of Minnesota Press.

Dreaming Our Futures is curated by Brenda J. Child (Red Lake Ojibwe), Northrop Professor of American Studies, University of Minnesota, and Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, with Christopher Pexa (Bdewákaŋtuŋwaŋ Dakota, Spirit Lake Nation), Associate Professor of English, Harvard University. Dreaming Our Futures is co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies, the Department of American Indian Studies, the Department of Art History, the Office for Public Engagement, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities, the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Senior Advisor to the President for Native American Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Related Events


Free Family Day

Sunday, April 28 | 11am - 4pm

Join us for a vibrant celebration of culture and creativity at our Free Family Day on Sunday, April 28! Immerse yourself in the captivating world of indigenous artistry with our current exhibition, Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers. From 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, enjoy a variety of engaging activities including indigenous art-making, browsing through Native vendors, savoring delicious food, and exploring interactive educational galleries – all free and open to everyone!

Don't miss the rhythmic beats and mesmerizing movements of the Battle River Singers alongside the enchanting performances of Jingle Dress Dancers at 12 PM and 2 PM. Dive deeper into the stories behind the artwork with a guided tour of the exhibition at 1 PM, and wind down with the enchanting "Bowwow Powwow" Storytime at 3:30 PM.

Mark your calendars for a day filled with inspiration, connection, and cultural enrichment. Join us as we celebrate the spirit of creativity and tradition in a truly immersive experience for the whole family!

Event Schedule

11 AM - 4 PM - Free and open to all with indigenous art-making activities, Native vendors, food, and interactive educational galleries

12 PM - Battle River Singers perform with Jingle Dress Dancers

1 PM - Guided Tour of the exhibition Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers

2 PM - Battle River Singers perform again with Jingle Dress Dancers

3:30 PM - “Bowwow Powwow” Storytime in Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers

To schedule a guided school tour of the exhibition Dreaming our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers (May 1 - July 20, 2024), please complete a Dreaming our Futures School Tour Request Form at least three weeks in advance of your visit. Free busing for school tours of Dreaming our Futures provided by Mayo Clinic: click here

Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers is organized by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. The exhibition is made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Kate and Stuart Nielsen, and the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts.

Thank you to Mayo Clinic for generously supporting this project.

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