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Press Release

MOWA | DTN Exhibition Showcases Three Native American Artists

Exhibition September 28, 2022

New Exhibition Showcases Three Native American Artists

Strange Lands opens October 7 at MOWA | DTN, the museum’s Milwaukee satellite


(WEST BEND, WISCONSIN – September 28, 2022) –The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) presents Strange Lands showcasing three Native American artists—Tom Antell, Chris T. Cornelius, and Sky Hopinka. Antell is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa, Cornelius a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and Hopinka a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.

The exhibition is on view October 7, 2022–January 8, 2023 at the museum’s downtown Milwaukee satellite location, MOWA | DTN.

Strange Lands examines the artwork and voices of these artists in the context of contemporary canons of art, but also demonstrates their singular experience as Indigenous Americans.

“In curating Strange Lands, I was drawn to the ambiguity of these artists’ work—these artworks offer a tangential experience, grounded as much in a realm of dream as the history of the known world,” said guest curator Rafael Francisco Salas.

Tom Antell uses cartoon imagery and dark humor in his paintings, playing out absurd, colorful allegories on the blasted agrarian landscapes of corporate farms and colonized fields.

Chris T. Cornelius is an architect and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of New Mexico. He is the founding principal of Studio: Indigenous, a design practice serving Indigenous clients, and uses an expansive drawing practice as an endemic process of creation and storytelling,

Sky Hopinka is an internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. His projects have been exhibited at the Tate Modern and the Whitney Biennial. “Perfidia,” an artist’s book that Hopinka published in 2020, translates from Spanish to “perfidy,” an act of treachery or betrayal. Hopinka’s hushed and atmospheric poetry obliquely communicates this theme. In combination with his film works, his poetry voices a lost and longing search.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The museum’s satellite gallery MOWA | DTN is located inside Saint Kate—The Arts Hotel in the cultural district of downtown Milwaukee. MOWA | DTN is open to the public daily during hotel lobby hours, 7:00am–Midnight.

Image 1: Chris T. Cornelius, Domicile 02: Maple Syrup Moon from the Oneida Moon Domiciles series, 2011-13

High-resolution artwork images available upon request.



A vital cultural center, educational institution, an expanding network of ideas, the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) collects and interprets American art through the lens of a single state. Informed by dynamic initiatives and collaborations, MOWA is an innovative forum for contemporary artists, socially relevant exhibitions, lectures by artists and industry experts, and engaging classes and activities for all ages.

MOWA has two permanent venues—the West Bend “Mothership” and MOWA | DTN in downtown Milwaukee’s Saint Kate—The Arts Hotel—as well as two partnering community organizations that create access across the state. MOWA annually welcomes 200,000 visitors, making it a cultural destination for the art and artists of our time.