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Singing Our History: People and Places of the Red Lake Nation


Jerome Liebling Singers at Pow Wow, Ojibwe Reservation, Red Lake, Minnesota, 1953 © Jerome Liebling Photography


Images of the Red Lake Nation in art and photography


Katherine E. Nash Gallery

Regis Center for Art | University of Minnesota

405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

(612) 624-7530 |


January 19 - February 13, 2016

Gallery hours are 11:00am – 7:00pm | Tuesday - Saturday

Public Reception

Saturday, January 23, 2016

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Featuring Ojibwe drum, foods and culture

Parking, Accessibility, Cost

Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South and 19th Avenue South ramps, and at the 5th Street South lot; hourly or event rates apply. These parking locations and the Regis Center for Art are wheelchair-accessible. Exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

About the Exhibition

(Minneapolis) -- The Katherine E. Nash Gallery presents Singing Our History: People and Places of the Red Lake Nation. The exhibition explores the many ways the Red Lake Nation has been and continues to be portrayed by artists and members of its communities through art and photography. The exhibition collaboration is between the Red Lake Ojibwe and the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota.

The exhibition features rare portraits of Red Lake people taken by Jerome Liebling (1924-2011) in the 1950s, in addition to dozens of familiar images by the photojournalist Charles Brill (1932-2003). The exhibition weaves together the works of photographers in addition to Red Lake artists.

Private collectors and local museums have loaned paintings by Patrick Desjarlait (1921-1972) to the exhibition and his masterpiece, Red Lake Fishermen, 1946 will be featured. There will be an opening Reception and Drum on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 6:00 until 9:00 pm, featuring Ojibwe foods and culture.


Patrick DesJarlait Red Lake Fishermen, 1946 Watercolor on paper 23 1/16 x 26 1/16 in. Minnesota Museum of American Art, Katharine G. Ordway Fund Purchase

Singing Our History: People and Places of the Red Lake Nation is curated by Brenda Child, Associate Professor of American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies, the Department of American Indian Studies, and the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota; the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Tribal Archives and Library, the Red Lake Department of Forestry, the Red Lake Fisheries, and the Red Lake Constitution Reform Initiative Committee; with support from Lorena and Robert Cook, Brian Child, Fred Auginash, and Pamela Johns.

Katherine E. Nash Gallery Mission

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique and expand on all of human experience. Our engagement with the visual arts helps us to discover who we are and understand our relationships to each other and society. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery will be a center of discourse on the practice of visual art and its relationship to culture and community -- a place where we examine our assumptions about the past and suggest possibilities for the future. The Nash Gallery will play an indispensable role in the educational development of students, faculty, staff and the community.


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