C.N. Gorman Museum Events!

All exhibitions and events hosted by the C.N. Gorman Museum are free and open to the public!
Unless otherwise noted, events are held at the C.N. Gorman Museum.

Upcoming Events:
Oct 2-
Dec 7
Salt - Bitter - Edge - Red Streak into the = Water Girl: Works of Melanie Yazzie
Featuring a new series, Melanie Yazzie (Navajo) utilizes printmaking to consider her experiences since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  The artist reflects upon her life today, developing new ways of living in Denver, while she remembers the events and people of her childhood and home on the Navajo Nation.
  For information on local and regional Native American events, click here for a link to the UCD Native American Faculty & Staff Association http://nafsa.ucdavis.edu and navigate to the NEWS page.
Recent Events:
May 12 UCD Whole Earth Festival! open 11-3
Jun 25-
Sep 14
Visualizing History, Then and Now:  Recent Acquisitions
The exhibition brings together recent acquisitions that reflect and respond to Native American experiences by visualizing social and political histories.  Included is an educational series of illustrations by Andrew Tsinajinnie (Navajo) and others, addressing the identification and prevention of Trachoma on the Navajo Nation during the 1960s, shown alongside pieces by Carl Nelson Gorman (Navajo), Doug Hyde (Nez Perce/Assiniboine/Chippewa) and Ron Noganosh (Ojibway). Also featured is a selection of photographic works by Lee Marmon (Laguna Pueblo), Shelley Niro (Mohawk), Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisga’a), and Wendy Red Star (Crow).
Apr 3-
Jun 8

Common Thread: Sonya Kelliher-Combs
Through mixed media painting and sculpture, Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq/Athabascan) chronicles the ongoing struggle for self-definition and identity in the Alaskan context. Through the combination of shared iconography with intensely personal imagery the artist demonstrates the generative power that each vocabulary has over the other. Similarly, her use of synthetic, organic, traditional and modern materials moves beyond oppositions between Western/Native culture, self/other and man/nature. These elements combine to examine their interrelationships and interdependence while also questioning accepted notions of beauty. The artistic process dialogues the relationship of the work to skin, the surface by which an individual is mediated in culture.

Apr 21 UCD Annual Picnic Day! open 10-3
Apr 7 Annual UCD Powwow! (Stop by and visit our table)
Apr 3

Artist Talk by Sonya Kelliher-Combs, 4pm, 3201 Hart Hall
In association with her current exhibition, Kelliher-Combs will be giving a lecture about the works on view as well as others from throughout her career. Reception to follow.

Jan 10- Mar 16

Ruthe Blalock Jones: A Retrospective
Featuring the works of internationally acclaimed artist, Ruthe Blalock Jones (Chu-Lun-Dit), Delaware/Shawnee/Peoria, the retrospective exhibition presents artworks from throughout her career.  Creating in a range of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and printmaking, her works emerge from personal experiences with a focus upon Native American women in dance attire, and depictions of ceremonial and social events.  Blalock Jones is former Art Director and Professor at Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Feb 15

Artist Talk by Ruthe Blalock Jones, 4pm, 3201 Hart Hall
In association with her current retrospective exhibition, Ruthe Blalock Jones will be giving a lecture about the works on view as well as others from throughout her career. Blalock Jones is former Art Director and Professor at Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Reception to follow.

2011
Nov 29


Double Vision: Artist & Curator Discussion, 4pm, 1316 Hart Hall
In a collaboration between the C.N. Gorman Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum, and Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, the exhibit poses an intervention with the historical archive. Based on historical images by Alton Laton Huffman and William Henry Jackson held in the collections of the Great Plains Art Museum at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Tsinhnahjinnie creates new works that serve as a remembrance of the bison and an appropriation into a Native context.

Sep 27-Dec 2 Double Vision
In a collaboration between the C.N. Gorman Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum, and Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, the exhibit poses an intervention with the historical archive. Based on historical images by Alton Laton Huffman and William Henry Jackson held in the collections of the Great Plains Art Museum at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Tsinhnahjinnie creates new works that serve as a remembrance of the bison and an appropriation into a Native context.
Jun 21-Sep 9 Visual Transparencies
Featuring printmakers from around the world, the collection of prints in Volumes 1-3 include 50 works held in the permanent collections of the C.N. Gorman Museum. More details about the exhibit will be posted soon!
Apr 16 UCD Annual Picnic Day! open 10-3
Apr 4 - Jun 12

Extended Voices: Prints from Crow's Shadow Press
In collaboration with Tamarind Master Printer Frank Janzen, the exhibition features a selection of prints from the Crow’s Shadow Press Collections.  Developed within the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Studio, the collection reflects a range of printing techniques practiced by established and emerging Native American artists including Rick Bartow, Edgar Heap of Birds, James Lavadour, Kay Walkingstick, Joe Feddersen, Marie Watt, Phillip John Charette, Gerald McMaster, Wendy Red Star and others.

Apr 5

Artist Lecture by Frank Janzen
Apr 5, 2011 @ 4pm, 3201 Hart Hall
In association with the exhibition ‘Extended Voices’ Tamarind Master Printer Frank Janzen will be giving a lecture about the history and collections of Crow’s Shadow Press.  With a focus on printmaking, the studio at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts has hosted established and emerging Native American artists whose works form the core of the collection and are represented in the current exhibition.

Apr 4-8 UCD Native American Cultural Days
Apr 2 Annual UCD Powwow!
Jan 6 - Mar 10

Sa Moana: The Sea Inside, Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Artist Talk, Mar 10 @ 4pm, Closing Reception to follow
In search of an indigenous Oceania visual language that expresses the complexities of contemporary life of Pacific Islanders, American Samoan artist Dan Taulapapa McMullin presents new work developed recently in the Cook Islands, in the Fiji Islands and in California.  "Sa Moana:  The Sea Inside" is a collection of oil paintings and installation sculptures that addresses issues of tsunami, climate change, the indigenous body, communal traditions, and urban change.  From indigenous icons and social media images, Taulapapa investigates the critical position of Pacific Islanders in contemporary Oceania in works that challenge perceptions about Polynesian art.

2010
Sep 28 - Dec 5


Dakl’aweidi Kéet Gooshi Hít, Du Kaak, Keilk - Yee Wduwa eex'
   (Killerwhale Fin House, Uncle, Nephew - You are Invited):
Larry McNeil, Xhe Dhé & Da-ka-xeen Mehner

Apr 6 - Jun 13

NIU PASIFIK: Urban Art from the Pacific Rim

Apr 5-10 Native American Cultural Days (NACD) - Public events throughout the week!
Apr 6 NACD Community Dinner
Apr 7 Re-Imaginging Queer Indigenous Bodies
Apr 8

Curator Talk by Giles Peterson
Reception at 4pm, Lecture from 4:30-6pm

Apr 10 UCD Powwow - All day at the ARC
Feb 1 - Mar 19 Description of a Journey: Art and contemporary narrative
Feb 24 RECEPTION for Description of a Journey: Art and contemporary narrative, 4-6pm
Jan 23 Weaving Workshop by Julia & Lucy Parker