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Cannupa Hanska Luger: Tuesday, October 24, 6:00–7:30 p.m. CT
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

This event will be live captioned by Communication Access Realtime Translation services.

Join us for a lecture by Cannupa Hanska Luger followed by an audience Q&A.


Photographic Portrait of Cannupa Hanska LugerBorn on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, New Mexico–based artist Cannupa Hanska Luger is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold and is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, and Lakota heritage. Creating monumental installations, sculptures, and performances to communicate urgent stories about 21st century Indigeneity, Luger incorporates ceramics, steel, fiber, video, and repurposed materials to activate speculative fiction, engage land-based actions of repair, and practice empathetic response through social collaboration. Luger combines critical cultural analysis with dedication and respect for the diverse materials, environments, and communities he engages while provoking diverse audiences to engage with Indigenous peoples and values apart from the lens of colonial social structuring.
Luger is a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of a 2021 United States Artists Fellowship Award for Craft, and was named a 2021 Grist Fixer. He is a 2020 Creative Capital Fellow, a 2020 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, and the recipient of the Museum of Arts and Design’s 2018 inaugural Burke Prize, among others. Luger has exhibited nationally and internationally including at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Gardiner Museum, Toronto; Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC; Art Mûr, Montréal; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta. 

Portrait credit: Cannupa Hanska Luger. Photo courtesy of the artist’s studio, 2021.

Artist Website

Cannupa Hanska Luger’s website

Gallery Representation

Garth Greenan Gallery


Rehearsing Ancestry: Cannupa Hanska Luger at the Center for Craft
Robert Alan Grand | Art in America | November 23, 2022

Cannupa Hanska Luger Is Turning the Tables on the Art World*
Joshua Hunt | New York Times | June 16, 2022
*This is a library resource that requires ARTIC login

Ancestral Futures [PDF]
Crafts Magazine | May–June 2022

Cannupa Hanska Luger: Engaging Community
Heidi McKenzie | Ceramics Monthly | April 2022

An Expansive Exhibition Pairs Two Indigenous Artists to Explore the Power of Socially Engaged Artmaking
Grace Ebert | Colossal | May 21, 2021

Bringing Human Migration Closer to Home*
Ray Mark Rinaldi | New York Times | March 8, 2020
*This is a library resource that requires ARTIC login

Yuval Sharon and the Industry take on the myth of America in the opera Sweet Land*
Jessica Gelt | Los Angeles Times | February 27, 2020
*This is a library resource that requires ARTIC login

Illuminating the Plight of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women*
John Hanc | New York Times | October 23, 2019
*This is a library resource that requires ARTIC login




Cannupa Hanska Luger: You’re Welcome at the University of Michigan Museum of Art
You’re Welcome (September 22, 2023 – February 18, 2024) is a three-part installation and dynamic intervention that exposes the histories and narratives of the land occupied by the University of Michigan and UMMA’s neoclassical building, Alumni Memorial Hall.

Cannupa Hanska Luger: Reunion at the Amarillo Museum of Art
Reunion (September 17 – December 31, 2022) presents recent large scale installation pieces and video works, in addition to new regalia and video work, Midéegaadi, from Luger’s speculative fiction series, Future Ancestral Technologies

Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger at the Denver Art Museum
Each/Other (May 23 – August 22, 2021) is the first exhibition to feature together the work of Watt and Luger, two leading Indigenous contemporary artists whose processes focus on collaborative artmaking.
Access Guide

Visiting Artists Program Lecture Recordings from the Archive
SAIC Visiting Artists Program video and audio lecture recordings (1977–present.) Available with SAIC login credentials.

SAIC Digital Collections: Visiting Artists Program
SAIC Visiting Artists Program publicity archive and audio recordings (197798).