21st Century Caddo, Raven Halfmoon
May 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - June 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
21st Century Caddo
Opening Reception | Friday, May 21, 2021 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition on view through June 18, 2021
The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present new work by Raven Halfmoon. In the artist’s first solo show in New York City, Halfmoon presents her perspectives on family relationships, cultural identity, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the tension between traditionalism and materialism she feels as a member of the Caddo Nation in the 21st century. Informed by her research into ancient Caddo ceramic practices and her own daily experiences, Halfmoon creates handbuilt sculptures whose gravitas—be it a bust or a Big Gulp—makes them almost impossible to look away from.
Raven Halfmoon (Caddo Nation) is from Norman, Oklahoma. She earned a BA in ceramics and painting and a BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Arkansas. Her work has been featured in multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. as well as internationally, including at Craft Contemporary (Los Angeles, CA; 2020), The Pensacola Museum of Art (Pensacola, FL; 2020), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY; 2019), The Clay Studio (Philadelphia, PA; 2019), Cole Art Center (Nacogdoches, TX; 2019), and Heide Museum of Contemporary Art (Melbourne, Australia; 2018).
Halfmoon has earned a number of distinctions, including being a Burke Prize Finalist (Museum of Arts and Design; 2019) and winning the American Craft Council’s Emerging Voices Award (2019) and being nominated as an Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly (2019). She has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, MT; 2019), the Center for Contemporary Ceramics at California State University: Long Beach (2019), and Red Lodge Clay Center (Red Lodge, MT; 2017, 2016, 2015). Halfmoon is currently based in Helena, MT where she is an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. She is represented by Gallery FRITZ in Santa Fe, NM.