Last updated: 1/14/2011
Davis, California
Street Address
University of California Davis
1316 Hart Hall
Davis, CA 95616
Mailing Address
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
phone: 530-752-6567
fax: 530-752-7097
e-mail: cngorman@ucdavis.edu
web: gormanmuseum.ucdavis.edu
Hours
Monday - Friday12 PM - 5 PM
Admissions
Free
Staff
Veronica Passalacqua, Curator
phone: 530-752-6567
Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Director
Description

The C.N. Gorman Museum is a portal for Indigenous and non-Indigenous visionaries. It is a space where perceptions of contemporary Native American, Indigenous, and First Nations art are intellectually recalibrated. Exhibiting artists challenge critical issues of borders, stereotypes, and identity by speaking eloquently through their artistic medium of choice.

Founded in 1973 by the Department of Native American Studies, the C.N. Gorman Museum is named in honor of retired faculty member, Carl Nelson Gorman, Navajo artist, WWII code-talker, cultural historian, and advocate for Native peoples. It is in his honor that we encourage an understanding of Indigenous protocol, territories and knowledge.

The C.N. Gorman Museum is committed to the creative expressions of Native American artists, and artists of diverse cultures and histories. Changing exhibits feature contemporary artwork in a wide range of media, reflecting the canon in which Indigenous artists are working today. The Museum?s reputation of artistic excellence is proven by its company of exhibiting artists over the last 33 years, including some of the most established Native American artists, and strives to introduce the next generation of emerging Indigenous artists.

PERMANENT ART COLLECTIONS: The museum's collections have grown alonside the museum since its establishment in 1973 to include artworks from throughout North America and globally. The Native American and First Nations collections emphasize the museum?s commitment to contemporary artwork in a wide range of media reflecting the canon in which Indigenous artists are working today.

The collection also reflects museum collaboration and communications with artists globally to include contemporary artworks from Aetearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Samoa, Bali, Peru, Central America and Spain.

Artworks are frequently featured in C.N. Gorman Museum exhibitions and in loans to other institutions, and play an important role in teaching and research.

History

The C.N. Gorman Museum is committed to the creative expressions of Native American artists, and artists of diverse cultures and histories. Changing exhibits feature contemporary artwork in a wide range of media, reflecting the canon in which Indigenous artists are working today. Founded in 1973 by the Department of Native American Studies, the museum is named in honor of retired faculty member, Carl Nelson Gorman, Navajo artist, WWII code-talker, cultural historian, and advocate for Native peoples.

Educational Programs

Exhibitions, gallery talks, artist talks & receptions, and other special events such as readings, panels, and conferences.

Publications

Several exhibition monographs, an annual publication recounting the exhibitions and events held at the museum throughout the year.

  • "The Annual"
  • "Our People, Our Land, Our Images: International Indigenous Photographers Conference"
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