This Summer at the Journey Museum, Oscar Howe: A Centennial Celebration

Posted by SDPB on

This weekend, the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City opens a summer exhibit recognizing 100 years of Oscar Howe’s barrier-breaking impact on art.

Oscar Howe: A Centennial Celebration opens Saturday (May 30). On Sunday (May 31), the Journey Museum hosts a special program entitled Oscar Howe 100th. Oglala Lakota ledger artist, author and artist Donald Montileaux, Sioux Indian Museum Chief Curator Conor McMahon, and Lois Sayre, author of the children’s biography Native American Master Artist: Oscar Howe will speak about about Howe’s life and many contributions as an artist, mentor and educator.

Born on May 13, 1915, Oscar Howe grew up on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota and was taught the rich traditions of his Dakota heritage through his grandmother’s colorful stories. These stories came to be the lifelong themes for his art.

Howe’s first major commission came in 1940, when he was hired by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to paint a mural at the Mitchell City Library and then a series of ten murals in the Mobridge City Auditorium. A few years later in 1948, Howe was commissioned to create a series of murals for the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota and would continue to create new murals for the Corn Palace annually until 1971.

In 1957, Howe joined the faculty of the University of South Dakota as an assistant professor of art. Howe would spend the next 25 years at USD, where he had a profound impact on future generations of American Indian artists such as Robert Penn, Herman Red Elk, Donald Montileaux and Arthur Amiotte. It was during this period that Howe was named South Dakota Artist Laureate and reached what many consider his creative apex, producing many of the works that are recognizable as distinctly Oscar Howe.

Oscar Howe: A Centennial Celebration features contributions from the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, the Sioux Indian Museum, the Dahl Fine Arts Center and the Rapid City Performing Arts Center.

Related:

Oscar Howe's Wounded Knee Massacre, a Rarely Seen Masterpiece 

New Children’s Book Tells the Story of Oscar Howe 

A Few Ways to Celebrate Oscar Howe's 100th Birthday

subscribe to sdpb email updates food blog link image learning blog link image living blog link news and information blog link science and technology blog link sports blog link image

Related content from SDPB Radio - Art

Art That Takes You Home

In The Moment ... July 18, 2018 Show 381 Hour 2 Jon Crane creates "Art that Takes You Home." After a tour at...

Renowned Artists Visit Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute

In The Moment ... June 19, 2018 Show 361 Hour 2 Art can be meditation, expression, activism, and escape. It can also...

Eagle Butte Artists Learn Tips To Flourish

Artists who turn their passion into a business venture can find it a challenge. They need to figure out the details...

2018 Sculpture Walk Installation

In The Moment ... May 2, 2018 Show 328 Hour 2 Visitors to Sioux Falls will soon be able to stand beneath a giant...

Books

Read, Baby, Read: What's America's Best-Loved Novel?

In The Moment ... May 22, 2018 Show 342 Hour 1 What's America's best-loved novel? You get to decide. PBS launches...

Author Kirk Wallace Johnson's "The Feather Thief"

In the Moment ... May 1, 2018 Show 327 Hour 1 The centuries-old art of salmon fishing fly-tying has a dark side. It...

Jane Yolen Celebrates #Yolen365 And Counting

In The Moment ... April 26, 2018 Show 324 Hour 1 In March, author Jane Yolen released her 365th book. That means you...

Christine Stewart: 41st Great Plains Writers Conference

In The Moment ... March 21, 2018 Show 301 Hour 2 The 41st Great Plains Writers Conference kicks off on March 23 at...

Music

Fun Approach To Music Theory

Andrew Rogers – in home music lessons designed for children and young adults. Uses a unique teaching style that...

The Literary Style of Reina del Cid

Reina del Cid kicks off her summer tour with a stop in Sioux Falls at the Icon Lounge. She joins SDPB's Lori Walsh...

Eric Johnson Returns For Black Hills Playhouse Opener

In The Moment ... May 29, 2018 Show 346 Hour 2 Leave the ordinary behind at this year's Black Hills Playhouse Season...

The Claudette's: Making Music In The Midst Of Crisis

In The Moment ... May 24, 2018 Show 344 Hour 1 The Claudettes play Total Drag Records in Sioux Falls, Saturday, May...

Theater

Broadway Choreographer Chet Walker

In the Moment ... April 9, 2018 Show 311 Hour 1 The University of South Dakota Theater Department presents "Cabaret"...

Images of the Past: Stage To Screen

In The Moment ... November 27, 2017 Show 227 Hour 2 A new exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum tells the story of...

Personalities: From Huron High to Broadway

Singer, actor, and teacher Joseph Mahowald graduated from Huron High School in 1977. He went on to study music and...

In The Moment ... Alex Meyer's Scenic Design

In The Moment ... May 10, 2017 Show 090 Hour 2 Alex Meyer. He's a junior art and theater major at Augustana College...