The ambitious Cross Currents at CVA highlights Native American art
Put together by Cecily Cullen, creative director for the Center for Visual Art, Cross Currents is an ambitious exhibit that showcases contemporary art by Native Americans from across the country. It is a follow-up to Currents, a show Cullen did at the old LoDo CVA in 2009 that was on the same theme and was equally intelligent in its conception. Incidentally Currents also marked Cullen's curatorial debut.
CVA Merritt Johnson, "Emergency Mantle for Diplomatic Security and Near Invisibility" (detail), mixed media, 2013.
In a way, this show picks up where that show left off, and includes three artists who were also in the earlier version: Nicholas Galanin, Marie Watt and Will Wilson. In the earlier show, Cullen points out, the three were cast in the roles of emerging artists, but in the current endeavor, they represent the old guard who are firmly established in their careers.
Taking advantage of the series of small galleries that make up the CVA, all the artists included are essentially given small, clearly defined solos which taken together form the overall thematic group show.
The other featured artists included are Cannupahanska, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Merritt Johnson, Sarah Ortegon, Wendy Red Star and Sarah Sense.
Through February 8 at the MSU Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-5207, msudenver.edu/cva.