Denver Art Museum Appoints Dakota Hoska Assistant Curator of Native Arts – Google Alerts

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) has named Dakota Hoska as its new assistant curator of Native arts. Hoska, a citizen of the Oglála Lakȟóta Nation from the Pine Ridge Reservation in Wounded Knee, South Dakota, comes to the institution from the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), where she worked for four years as a curatorial research assistant for the arts of Africa and the Americas department.

“Dakota’s curatorial, research, and in-community experience will prove to be invaluable for the Denver Art Museum,” said John P. Lukavic, curator of Native arts and department head at the DAM. “I look forward to her supportive and insightful knowledge, especially in planning the reinstallation of our permanent Native arts collection in the museum’s North Building.”

During her tenure at MIA, Hoska helped facilitate better communication between the local communities and the institute through initiatives such as the community engagement board—a twelve-person panel of Native women and artistic leaders. She also worked on the exhibition currently on view, “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” which opened in June, and cocurated “Brilliant! Pairing Continuity and Influence” (2016–17) and “Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ” (2018–19).

“Though different than Minneapolis, I’m excited to serve and learn from the local Native populations from the Rocky Mountain region, while also studying those Native nations who traditionally called the Denver area their homeland,” Hoska said. “I appreciate DAM’s commitment to the collection of Native art, both historical and contemporary, and I look forward to stewarding and growing this collection, hoping it will serve as a great source of inspiration and strength for Native people today and into the future.” Hoska will take up her new role on July 31.


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