A Decade Later:
Recent Acquisitions of the C.N. Gorman Museum

Through Dec 4, 2015

Over the past decade, the C.N. Gorman Museum permanent collection has continued to grow, currently holding over 860 objects. The majority of the collection is based on donations by our exhibiting artists, UCD faculty and the general public, with some pieces purchased from donor and sponsor support. Works in the collection reflect several different types of media and most have been created since 1990. The collection is accessed for university teaching and research, and is regularly exhibited at the C.N. Gorman Museum and through loans to the UCD Chancellor’s Residence and other institutions.

This exhibition features a selection of recently acquired works. It starts with early pieces by Jack Hokeah, Oscar Howe, Andrew Tsinajinnie, Carl Gorman, Lee Marmon and Allen Sapp. The second half of the exhibition focuses upon the works of contemporary artists in a range of media by R.C. Gorman, Larry McNeil, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Kimowan Metchewais, Shelley Niro, Ron Noganosh, Wendy Red Star, Melanie Yazzie, Ryan Singer, Thomas GreyEyes, C.Maxx Stevens, and Richard Dabbs. Reflecting the collections holdings by Indigenous artists worldwide, works by Tawhanga Nopera, Aimee Ratana, Natalie Robertson, and Nicholas Pascoe are featured.

Fall event series:

We are pleased to present an expanded series of events in support of the exhibition.
All events are free and open to the public.

Curatorial Walkthrough
with Veronica Passalacqua
Oct 12 @ 3:30pm / C.N. Gorman Museum

Museum Curator, Veronica Passalacqua will conduct a walkthrough of the exhibition, addressing the artwork on display, the artists, and stories of how the pieces came to be in the C.N. Gorman Museum collections.

Re-presenting Ourselves:

Reasserting Maori Traditional Knowledge
Leonie Pihama, Rihi Te Nana, Ngaropi Cameron
Oct 27 @ 3pm / Risling Room, 3201 Hart Hall

This panel discussion will explore a range of sites through which Maori Traditional Knowledge is expressed as a means by which to re-present ourselves as Indigenous nations within Aotearoa (New Zealand).  Matauranga Maori, traditional knowledge, is critical to the revitalization of Maori understandings of healing and well-being.  As we re-present ourselves more fully through our own cultural lens we are able to engage critical issues from our own position as Indigenous Peoples. This includes engaging and speaking back to dominant colonial representations of Maori which continue to advance deficit views and deny the impact of historical trauma upon our whanau (extended families).

Artist Talk

by Thomas GreyEyes
Nov 9 @ 3pm / Risling Room, 3201 Hart Hall

Exhibiting artist Thomas GreyEyes (Diné) will be giving an artist talk about his practice and recent works.  An interdisciplinary artist, GreyEyes visually explores intersections of Native radicalism and the spirit, pan indigenous solidarity and themes of anti-colonialism, decolonization and protest.

“Kissed by Lightning”

Film Screening, followed by Q&A with Shelley Niro
Nov 17 @ 12pm / Varsity Theater, 616 Second Street, Davis

The feature film directorial debut of celebrated Mohawk filmmaker and visual artist, Shelley Niro (The Shirt, Honey Moccasin) is based on a screenplay written by Niro. Kissed By Lightning stars Kateri Walker (Missionary Man, Blueberry, The Scarlet Letter), Eric Schweig (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, One Dead Indian) Rachelle White Wind (XIII), and Michael Greyeyes (Passchendaele) and was filmed on location in the Hamilton Region Conservation Centres in Ontario, Canada. The twelve painting series of Peacemakers Journey are all the work of Shelley Niro.


top: Allen Sapp, Man Smoking a Long Pipe, 1970
middle: Ryan Singer, The Vendor, 2014
bottom: Kimowan Metchewais, Shooter, 2010


This exhibition is made possible through the generous donations of artwork and support from our museum patrons, sponsors and members.

ASU Map(ing) Project
Christopher Blume
Sam Cikauskas
Thomas GreyEyes
Russell Hartman
Sharna and Myron Hoffman
Douglas Kahn
Kathryn Kasch
Anne and Charles Marmar
Lee Marmon
Jacob Meders
Kimowan Metchewais
Shelley Niro

Shirley and Norman Carroll O’Connor
Ben Orlove
Michael and Julie Perea
Paula and Ben Pleasants
John N. Pratt and Family
Rebecca Ramos
Dawn Marie Rossbach
Phillip Rudnick
Kryssi Staikidis
C.Maxx Stevens
Melanie Yazzie
Yocha Dehe Wintun Community Fund