Contemporary Native Art to Russia

This website shows the art and artists involved in the June-July 2012 Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art and the September-October 2012 Novosibirsk State Museum of Art biennial.

Octopus Dreams: 200 Works on Paper by Contemporary Native American Artists

Exhibition for the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts and the State Museum of Novosibirsk


            To celebrate 2012 as the official year of Russian-American friendship, the American Consulate is sponsoring a show of 200 works on paper by contemporary Native American artists at the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts opened on June 29th and was up until the end of August. A sister show traveled to the State Museum of Novosibirsk for the biennale from September 7th through November. Each piece has been chosen to reflect the complexity and richness of modern Native life. The curatorial board is made up of artists and scholars all of whom are involved in the Native art world. It includes Charles Jones, director of LaNana Creek Press and professor at the Stephen F. Austin State University; Beverly Morris, independent film maker; Ann Filmyr, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Art at the Institute of American Indian Arts; and Suzanne Newman Fricke, Ph.D., adjunct professor of art history at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The artists in this show reflect the diversity  in tribal affiliation, geographic location, gender, and age. They include: Tony Abeyta, Lynne Allen, Neal Ambrose Smith, Suvinai Ashoona, Jamison (Chas) Banks, Marwin Begaye, Heidi Brandow, Ross Chaney, Rande Cook, Laura Fragua-Cota, Bob Haozous, Edgar Heap of Birds, Luzene Hill, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Deborah Jojola, Jeff Karin, lessLIE (Leslie Sam), Montgomery Little, Linda Lomahaftewa, Rhett Lynch, Michael McCabe, America Meredith, Ohotaq Mikkigak, N. Scott Momaday, Arlo Namingha, Daniel Namingha, Michael Namingha, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Chris Pappan, Alex Pena, George Rivera, Mateo Romero, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Skye Tafoya, Ningeokuluk Teevee, Charlene Teters, Martin Two Bulls, Jr., Emmi Whitehorse, Stephen Wood, Melanie Yazzie, and Debra Yepa-Pappan. These artists share an intricate vision of life lived in different worlds, from the long traditions of their specific tribes to the pop and politics of the world at large. Reflecting the old and the new, the artists create something unique that underscores their importance to modern society. The continued vitality and relevance of Native artists to the art world in general speaks to the strength of Native cultures. Not only are Native cultures able to survive but they are thriving, able to create and recreate in the face of many challenges. 

The show traveled to 5 additional sites across Russia, including the Togliatti Art Museum on 26 April 2013, the Samara Art Museum from July 8, 2013 to August 11, 2013, the Tomsk Regional Museum, and the Irkutsk Regional Museum. Octopus Dreams was shown at 516ARTS in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from June 21, 2013, to October