Organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture and sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Longfish Retrospective at The University of South Dakota art galleries will include 35 works from one of America's leading contemporary artists, including pieces that were featured in solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institute's new National Museum of the American Indian in 2004. In addition to the Smithsonian exhibition, Longfish has works in major collections on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ.
According to Manuela Well-Off-Man, Ph.D., curator of art at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Longfish's work has contributed to the increasing success of the Contemporary Indian Art Movement.
"He is best known for his large, vivid paintings of native history, incorporating stenciled texts to address contemporary Native American issues," noted John A. Day, emeritus professor of art and director of the University art galleries. "Longfish's early work focused on formal artistic issues while his recent art explores issue of identity such as the "ownership" of cultural information and the importance of passing along this information to future generations."
Located in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD Campus, the Longfish Retrospective will be an integral part of the 17th annual Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute, June 17 through 29. The institute, which was established by celebrated Yanktonai Sioux artist and former USD professor Oscar Howe, will utilize the Longfish exhibit as an active teaching tool for students.
The Longfish Retrospective will be open to public viewing from 1 to 5 p.m. daily, including weekends, at the Lee Center. The Main Gallery will also host a reception to honor the exhibit and Institute on Sunday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. The reception, which is open to the public, is free of charge. For more information about the exhibit, the reception or the Howe Art Institute, please contact Day by phone at (605) 677-3177 or by e-mail at email@example.com.