The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly houses numerous art exhibits to teach visitors of the history in our community and showcase their unique artistic vision and skills. Take a look at our current art exhibits on display, as well as the archive of past exhibits housed in The Journey Museum & Learning Center.
Tapun Sa Win
April 8 - July 30, 2017
Long ago, a Lakota woman married a mysterious man who turned out to be a star. She went with him to his sky home and soon was pregnant, but her loneliness for her relatives was almost unbearable. Seeing a plant that reminded her of an edible root, she dug it up, which opened a hole in the sky through which she could see her relatives on the earth below. Determined to visit them, she braided a long rope and climbed down it toward earth. But the rope was too short, and she fell to the earth and died. Her husband, in sorrow, sat down and hasn't moved since. He is the North Star. Miraculously, their son was born alive. He was raised by an elderly woman who named him Wicahpi Hinhpaya. He did many good deeds for Lakotas before returning to his father's home.
The narrative is divided into seven passages, each of which is creatively interpreted by four types of artworks - a 3D artwork, a song, a painting, and a poem - thereby creating seven "vignettes". These vignettes recount the Tapun Sa Win narrative using 28 new artworks by distinguished and emerging contemporary Lakota artists.
This exhibit is a partnership of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS), The Journey Museum & Learning Center, and the Rapid City Area Schools' Office of Indian Education.
Renelle White Buffalo
May 26 - July 28, 2017
Renelle White Buffalo, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was born and raised in South Dakota. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Iowa State University. Currently she resides in New York City, where she works full-time as a professional artist.
She creates a broad range of works, including paintings on canvas, monotypes, and mixed media sculptures. Her color palette is often drawn from the environment around her. Currently, she is experimenting with colors inspired by her recent residency at the Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming. Both the natural and cultural history of the South Dakota prairies provide her with additional inspiration for her work. In her paintings, Renelle transforms traditional Lakota symbolism into contemporary abstract artwork, allowing the composition to create a cross-cultural conversation. The bold and confidently-layered brushstrokes of acrylic paint incorporate personal meaning and connections to her Native American roots. Her work challenges the stereotypes and redefines the perceptions of being indigenous today, both on and off the reservation.
Renelle’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Exposure Gallery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota. This exhibition marks the first time her works have been shown in a museum setting.
Prices for the artwork can be obtained by contacting The Journey Trading Company at (605) 394-2201. To purchase artwork after the exhibit closes, please contact Renelle White Buffalo through her website.
Events Calendar Exhibits
The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly adds new events, exhibits, and features to the expansive museum, covering American history, Black Hills history, and Native American culture.
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