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Revitalizing Symbols

About the Exhibition:


Curated by Alexandra Buffalohead, the exhibition Revitalizing Symbols will feature artwork by
Indigenous North American Artists who incorporate revitalization in their practices through different
mediums. The title of the exhibition reflects artists who, through their identity, are reviving traditions
through language, land, and art for First Nations North American people.
This exhibition features the artwork of Jaida Grey Eagle, Haley Greenfeather English, Nicholas Galanin,
Briand Morrison, George Morrison, Chholing Taha, Jonathan Thunder, Gwen Nell Westerman, Debra
Yepa-Pappan, Holly Young and more. These artists incorporate revitalization through designs, patterns,
and symbols while influencing others, teaching communities and the viewers of their work.
Revitalizing Symbols
Curated by Alexandra Buffalohead
January 10 – February 14, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.

About the Curator:


Alexandra Buffalohead is the Arts and Cultural Engagement Manager at the Native American Community
Development Institute and All My Relations Arts gallery in Minneapolis, MN, as well as a contributor to
the program council for the Northern Spark Festival, and a 2019 fellow for the Emerging Curators
Institute. Buffalohead earned a BA from Augsburg University, an AS from the Art Institute International
of Minnesota, and an MA from the University of Saint Thomas.
About the Emerging Curators Institute
Launched in May 2019, the Emerging Curators Institute (ECI) is a new initiative designed to support the
individual practices of Minnesota-based emerging curators from diverse backgrounds. The first of its
kind in the region, the program aims to foster critical dialogue around curatorial practice and to provide

professional development opportunities for Midwest-based emerging curators. Based in St. Paul and
Minneapolis, Minnesota, the program offers funded fellowships to four emerging curators including
Alexandra Buffalohead.
Program Director, Jehra Patrick, developed the program in response to her experience working in the
field, and from listening to the experiences of others. On the need for such a program, Patrick says,
“Curation is a challenging field to get into and has been historically limited by economic and educational
access. Support is needed, especially in the Midwest, to expand access to curatorial education and
conversation. ECI will close this gap by providing individual fellowships and a series of programs open to
the general public.”
Throughout the program year (July 2019 through March 2020) fellows will meet regularly with mentors,
guest curators, and field professionals who will guide their learning through a collaborative educational
model that allows for individual focus and development culminating in an exhibition or curatorial project
to be presented in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. ECI is generously supported by funding from the Knight
Foundation and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and partnerships with FilmNorth, Artistry, the
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Weisman Art Museum, and the Law Warschaw Gallery at
Macalester College.


Gallery Location and Hours: The Inez Greenberg Gallery is located on the first floor of the Bloomington



Center for the Arts at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, MN. Gallery hours are Monday-
Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is no admission fee.



About Artistry: Artistry is a producing theater and visual arts nonprofit serving a regional audience of more than 82,000 people through stage productions, exhibitions, lifelong arts learning, and arts-centered community development. In pursuit of artistic excellence, we engage our region’s most talented artists in work that welcomes and develops audiences and opens hearts and minds.

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