In Our Hands: Native Photography, 1890 to Now

Minneapolis Museum of Art

By: - Dec 04, 2023

In Our Hands: Native Photography, 1890 to Now
Museum of Art
Through January 14, 2024

Enter into the vivid worlds of Native photography, as framed by generations of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Native American photographers themselves. Presenting over 150 photographs of, by, and for Indigenous people, “In Our Hands” welcomes all to see through the lens held by Native photographers.

Organized by a council of primarily Native artists, scholars, and knowledge sharers, in partnership with Mia curators, this sweeping exhibition traces the intersecting histories of photography and diverse Indigenous cultures from the Rio Grande to the Arctic Circle. Beautiful, complex, and surprising, these artworks celebrate the legacy of groundbreaking photographers and their influence on the medium today. Exhibition catalog available.


Erica Lord is an interdisciplinary artist who explores contemporary Indigenous experience through photography, installation, performance, sculpture and beadwork. Her work addresses her experience growing up in Alaska and Upper Michigan and her mixed-race cultural identity drawn from her Athabaskan, Iñupiat, Finnish, Swedish, Japanese, and English descent. Lord is an enrolled member of Nenana Native Village.

Lord received a BA from Carleton College and an MFA in sculpture and photography from The Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at the DeVos Museum of Art, MI; Alaska Native Arts Foundation Gallery, AK, as well as in notable group exhibitions at venues including the Peabody Essex Museum, MA; Havana Biennial, Cuba and the Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, NM; National Museum of the American Indian, NY; National Gallery of Canada, ON; Burke Museum, WA; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN; and Muse?e du Quai Branly, France among others. In addition to the Rollins Museum of Art, Lord’s work is in collections including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, NM; Musée de Confluences, France; University of Alaska Museum of the North, AK; CN Gorman Museum, CA; Schingoethe Museum, IL; Montana Museum of Art and Culture; Rollins Museum of Art at Rollins College, FL and Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA. Lord's work was recently featured in the exhibition Self Determined: A Contemporary Survey of Native and Indigenous Art at the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe which was voted one of the Top Fifty Exhibitions in 2022 by Hyperallergic. She was also included in Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Forth Worth, TX (catalog available). Her work is currently featured in the exhibition, Sharing Honors and Burdens, Renwick Invitational 2023 curated by Dr. Lara Evans at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. through March 31, 2023. 

Lord lives and works in Santa Fe, NM, where she also teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts.