DAM announces new assistant curator of Native arts

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Posted 9/8/19

On July 25, the Denver Art Museum announced Dakota Hoska as the new assistant curator of Native arts in a news release. Hoska previously worked as the curatorial research assistant for the Arts of …

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DAM announces new assistant curator of Native arts

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On July 25, the Denver Art Museum announced Dakota Hoska as the new assistant curator of Native arts in a news release.

Hoska previously worked as the curatorial research assistant for the Arts of Africa and the Americas department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, according to the release. She received a master of arts in art history, with a focus on Native American art history, from the University of St. Thomas in May 2019 and recently helped to curate an exhibit at the institute titled “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” which opened in June.

Through this work, she facilitated communication between Native American board members, as well as museum staff, the release said.

“Dakota shares the Denver Art Museum’s ongoing commitment to engaging Native communities,” said Christoph Heinrich, director at the DAM. “I look forward to seeing how she will strengthen the connection between the museum and its surrounding communities as assistant curator of Native arts.”

Hoska also worked on making exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Art more welcoming to its local Native community. She facilitated an engagement board comprised of 12 Native women to help with that during the “Hearts of Our People” exhibit. Hoska said she is hoping to continue that work here in Denver.

“I’m excited to serve and learn from the local Native populations from the Rocky Mountain region, while also studying those Native nations who traditionally called the Denver area their homeland,” she said in the news release. “I appreciate DAM’s commitment to the collection of Native art, both historical and contemporary, and I look forward to stewarding and growing this collection, hoping it will serve as a great source of inspiration and strength for Native people today and into the future.”

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