Julie Buffalohead, 'White Savior Complex' Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery

Storytelling: Julie Buffalohead

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Nov. 23-Sept. 6
Time Varies
Art, Museums

Julie Buffalohead’s The Garden, which was part of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s revolutionary exhibition “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” is a narrative work with twists and turns that are as ironic as the tricksters Rabbit and Coyote themselves. The subject? The controversy over Sam Durant’s Scaffold at the Walker Art Center. At first glance, this or any of Buffalohead’s work appears whimsical, humorous, and fairy tale-like. Look again. A member of the Ponca Tribe, Buffalohead invests her figures with the agency to address ignorance and right wrongs, delve into domesticity, and explore the nuances of contemporary life. That they do so with wicked wit and quiet wisdom speaks to Buffalohead’s intelligence and insight. Within the narrative strata lie many truths, which the artist deftly reveals.