New Journey Museum exhibit features work and influence of Oscar Howe

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The public can now see an exhibit displaying the artwork of an influential Dakota artist in Rapid City.

The work of artist Oscar Howe and his students is now on display at the Journey Museum and Learning Center. The exhibit is called “The Oscar Howe Tiospaye,” which pays homage to his friends and extended family, which he would share his work and techniques with frequently.

Museum members and staff gathered on Friday to celebrate the exhibit’s launch.

According to Sioux Indian Museum Curator Conor McMahon, the exhibit explores Howe’s influence on Native American art by examining his and his students’ artwork.

“In Oscar’s early career, the definition of what was Indian art was very narrow and limited,” said McMahon. “He helped encourage innovation and experimentation among Native Americans to try new techniques and styles.”

Howe helped introduce expressionist and abstract concepts into Native American art, using vivid colors similar to the works of Pablo Picasso.

People can visit the exhibit until Dec. 31.

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