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
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.
Tammy Eagle Hunter
Tammy Eagle Hunter is a Lakota artist who uses bold colors and imagery to convey a message of cultural strength and resilience. Born and raised on the Cheyenne River Reservation, Ms. Eagle Hunter currently resides in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. As the Youth Programs Director of the Cheyenne River Youth Project, she works with children to bring art exhibits into their daily lives.
A self-taught artist, Tammy developed her artistic techniques through trial and error. She sees her artistic development as a lifelong journey in which she is constantly fine-tuning her artistic vision and developing new skills and techniques. Working primarily in acrylic paint on canvas she often incorporates spray paint and graffiti into her artwork. Some of these graffiti techniques were borrowed from the young people that she works with at the Cheyenne River Youth Project. Spontaneity is a key element of Eagle Hunter’s work. She often begins a painting with no preconceived notions about the subject matter, preferring instead to allow ideas to flow naturally onto the canvas.
Through her artwork, she hopes to remind the children in her community of the strength, resilience, and honor found in Lakota culture. Tammy’s artwork has been featured at the 2016 Native POP: People of the Plains – A Gathering of Arts and Culture Market and she was awarded first place at the 2015 Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Labor Day Artist Market and Exhibit. This exhibit, one of her many art exhibits, marks the first time her works have been shown in an art museum setting.
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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