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Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie

Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie was born into the Bear Clan of the Taskigi Nation, and born for the Tsinajinnie Clan of the Diné Nation. Exhibited nationally and internationally, Tsinhnahjinnie claims photography and video as her primary languages. Creating fluent images of Native thought, her emphasis is art for Indigenous

She has been a recipient of the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, a Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of California Irvine, the First Peoples Community Artist Award, and a Rockefeller artist in residence. She is currently Director of the C.N. Gorman Museum and Professor in the Department of Native American Studies at University of California Davis.

recent exhibitions:

Witnessing Resurgence: Portraits of Resilience by Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, University Library Gallery, California State University, Sacramento, 9/6-12/14/18.

Double Vision: New Works by Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1/7-3/31; C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California, Davis, 9/29-12/2/11; Gallery 625, Woodland, 4/4-5/2/12; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, 1/17-3/18/13.

Kill the Man, Save the Indian, FotoArt Festival, Bielsko, Poland, 10/16-10/31/10.

I am Not a Mascot!, Women’s Center Gallery, University of California, Santa Barbara, 4/3-6/5/09.

Community Spirit Awardees, First Peoples Fund, Rapid City, 11/3/06-1/7/07 and 12/1/05-3/1/06.

Against Amnesia, Dazibao Gallery, Mois de la Photo, Montreal, 9/8-10/8/05.

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa OK, 10/7/20-1/3/21.; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, 2/21-3/13/20;
Frist Art Museum, Nashville TN, 9/27/19-1/12/20; Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN, 6/2-8/18/19.

When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, 8/14/20-1/3/21; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento CA, 10/30-1/25/20.

First Americans: Honouring Indigenous Resilience and Creativity, Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, The Netherlands, 7/10/20-7/25/21.

Our People, Our Land, Our Images: International Indigenous Photography, C.N. Gorman Museum, US Tour to 30+ venues, 2006-2019.

The Continuous Thread: Celebrating Our Interwoven Histories, Identities and Contributions, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, CA, 10/4-12/14/19.

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN, 9/27/19-1/12/20; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, 2/21-3/13/20; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, 10/7/20-1/3/21.

Contemporary Traces on Ancient Land, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara CA, 2/9-4/21/19.

From Paint Brushes to Camera Lenses: Creative Women of the Great Plains, Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 9/7/18-3/23/19.

Reclamando Do Paisajes / Claiming Two Landscapes, Central Library of Cantabria, Santander, Spain, 9/1-9/9/18.

Mother Tongue: Indigenous Languages & Art, Native American Arts Festival, Idyllwild Arts, Idyllwild, CA, 6/25-7/21/18.

Seeds of Being, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK, 6/12/18-8/4/19.

VOICE, Indigenous Art Gallery, Maidu Museum, Roseville, CA, 9/9/17-1/29/18.

Protest & Prayer, C.N. Gorman Museum at UC Davis, Davis, 1/10-3/17/17.

When I See Red, San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 9/17-10/13/16; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, 10/30/19-1/26/20; Autry Museum of the American West, LA, 8/14/20-1/3/21.

Protect the Sacred, Intertribal Friendship House, Oakland, CA, 9/7-9/30/16.

Telling Stories: Through the Eyes of the Indigenous Printmaker, Maidu Museum, Roseville, CA, 6/18-9/2/16.

Finding A Contemporary Voice: The Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM, 5/21-10/10/16.

Interwoven: Indigenous Contemporary, Thacher Gallery, University San Francisco, CA, 11/16/15-2/14/16.

Tradition by Moderns: Native American Women Artists in California, Women's Museum of California, San Diego, CA, 11/6-11/29/15.

The Bones of Our Ancestors: Endurance and Survival Beyond Serra's Mission(s), Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, 10/16-11/20/15.

Colors of the Southwest, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, 3/8-9/20/15.

War Department: Selections from MoCNA's Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, IAIA, Santa Fe, NM, 1/24-12/31/15.

Politics of Representation: Re-Imagining of Indigenous America from Warhol to MAP(ing). Contemporary Native American Artists, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, 9/15-10/3/14.

Kokiri Putahi: 7th Gathering of International Indigenous Artists, Ngapuhi Festival, NZ, 1/25-26/14.

Generation Nexus: Peace in the Post-war Era, Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center, San Francisco, 11/1/13-4/27/14.

Heart Lines: Expressions of Native North American Art, Colorado University Art Museum, 9/6/13-12/21/13.

American Indian Community House Collections, New York City, 7/18/13.

50/50: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, 8/16-12/31/12.

All of Us or None:Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, 8/16-12/19/12.

Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, 10/8/11-3/1/2012.

Fragile Connection, The University of Texas at Dallas, University Theatre Gallery, 2/8-4/16/11.

Acting Up: Performing the Indian, Platform Gallery, Winnepeg, 1/21-3/4/11.

Map(ing) 2011: Working Proof, Night Gallery, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, Phoenix, 1/6-1/30/11.

Unfixed: Photography and postcolonial perspectives in contemporary art, Center for Contemporary Art, Dordrecht, the Netherlands 10/23-12/4/10.

Shelley + Hulleah = Trouble, you me gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 7/10-8/9/09.


recent publications with writings by the artist:

Visual Currencies: Reflections of Native American Photography
National Museums of Scotland, edited by Henrietta Lidchi & Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie

Diversity and Dialogue: Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art
"Visual Sovereignty: A Continuous Aboriginal/Indigenous Landscape"
Eiteljorg Museum and University of Washington Press, 2007
Our People, Our Land, Our Images: International Indigenous Photography
Heyday Books, Berkeley, 2007
About the exhibition

Path Breakers: Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art
Eiteljorg Museum and University of Washington Press, 2003

Click here for an article about H.J. Tsinhnahjinnie by V.Passalacqua (without illustrations)

Photography's Other Histories, 2003
When is a photograph worth a thousand words? by H.J.Tsinhnahjinnie
Click here for the essay (without illustrations)

Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Director
CN Gorman Museum, UC Davis
One Shields Ave., Davis CA 95616


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