Members Only | Virtual Art Talk: A Conversation on physical/digital with Courtney M. Leonard and Frank Buffalo Hyde | Heard Museum

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Members Only | Virtual Art Talk: A Conversation on physical/digital with Courtney M. Leonard and Frank Buffalo Hyde

Join us for a conversation with artists Courtney M. Leonard and Frank Buffalo Hyde as they discuss their individual practices and collaborative works under their collective, CRANK!. To register for the event, please check your email or a link, or email us directly with the program tittle at


Onondaga Nation Beaver Clan, b. 1974
For more than 20 years, Frank Buffalo Hyde has been refining and redefining what is considered to be contemporary Native American art, as a painter and muralist and as an art writer. He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, his work has been shown in Russia, Japan, France and throughout galleries in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Salt Lake City and Miami. Buffalo Hyde’s work is dynamic and engages the miscommunications between Indigenous people and popular culture dealing with issues of appropriation and commodification. His paintings are in museum collections such as the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Autry Museum of the American West and the Museum of Contemporary Native Art. Most recently he has contributed programming to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Buffalo Hyde also had a show at the Google campus in Boulder, Colorado.

Shinnecock, b. 1980
Courtney M. Leonard is a Shinnecock artist and filmmaker whose work explores marine biology, Indigenous food sovereignty, migration and human environmental impact. Leonard’s current projects articulate the multiple definitions of the term “BREACH” and investigate and document Indigenous communities’ historical ties to water, marine life and native cultures of subsistence. In collaboration with national and international museums, embassies, cultural institutions and local Indigenous communities in North America, New Zealand and Nova Scotia, Leonard’s practice centers around narratives of cultural viability and the relationship between Indigenous people and the environmental record. Leonard’s work is in the permanent collections of the United States Art In Embassies Program, the Crocker Art Museum, the Heard Museum, the ASU Art Museum and Ceramic Research Center, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Newark Museum, the Weisman Art Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of the North, the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Pomona Museum of Art, the Hood Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Autry Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Leonard has received numerous awards, fellowships and residencies from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation, the United States Art In Embassies Program, and the Native Arts and Culture Foundation.

Painting in mostly blue hues of an abstracted huddle of football players with mostly their backs to the viewer. Some have buffalo style horns on the sides of their helmets while a traditional feather adorned spear can be seen in profile within the group.

Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga Nation Beaver Clan), "Round Dance No. 5", Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 48 1/4 x 48 x 1 1/2 in., 2018. Gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D. Image by Craig Smith for Heard Museum.

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Wednesday, February 17
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


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