Bison Bead Project

In these hands-on workshops, participants will create clay beads, each one a tangible symbol of the survival and regeneration of bison across North America. Highlighting Cannupa Hanska Luger’s sculpture Attrition, currently on view at City Hall Park, these sessions are an integral part of the Bison Bead Project initiated by the artist.. With the goal of crafting 20,000 beads, representing every Plains bison managed as wildlife across the continent, the project stands as a testament to the power of collective action. Utilizing social collaboration to re-humanize large data, the resulting clay objects will become part of a new installation in honor of the buffalo nation.

This program is organized by Gabriela López Dena, Associate Curator of Public Practice, and Katerina Stathopolou, Adjunct Curator. It is presented in partnership with the Museum of Arts and Design.

Registration is required for the workshop at Museum of Arts and Design. Click here to sign up.

Audiences of all ages are encouraged to drop in to the programs at City Hall Park! To receive reminders and calendar invitations, click here.

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Bison Bead Project workshop
Colgate University’s Picker Art Gallery Artist in Residence
Cannupa Hanska Luger, April 9, 2022,  Hamilton, NY
Photograph: Andrew Daddio

About the Artist

Cannupa Hanska Luger (b. 1979, Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota) is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold and is Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Lakota – an identity that deeply informs his works in sculpture, installation, performance and video. Luger’s work is currently on view as a part of the 2024 Whitney Biennial; he was a 2023 Soros Award Fellow, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, 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.



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