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Joe D. Horse Capture

NAMEAssociate Curator of Native American Art
Department: Arts of Africa and the Americas

Current MIA Projects

  • "Woven and Worn: Textile Arts and Silverwork of the Diné
  • "Young People's Ofrendas: Expressions of Life and Remembrance"


BA, Montana State University-Bozeman

Background/Work History

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 1997
  • Guest co-curator, "Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art," Oct. 8, 2011–Mar. 11, 2012, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
  • Guest curator, “Lansburgh Ledger Drawing Collection,” October 9 through December 10, 2010, Hood Museum of Art
  • Guest curator, “The Artwork of Andrea Carlson,” opens at the National Museum of the American Indian, New York, N.Y. in 2009
  • Consultant, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2008–2010

Specialty/Area of Interest

Native North American Indian Art, specializing in Great Plains and Great Lakes/Woodlands regions

Honors and Professional Associations

  • Board of Directors, Otsego Institute for Native American Art History, Cooperstown, N.Y., 2005–present
  • Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Ontario, Canada

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

  • "Young People's Ofrendas: Expressions of Life and Remembrance"
  • Panelist, "Quality of Native American Art," State of the Art Symposium, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM 2012
  • Presenter, “By The People, For The People: The Presentation of Native American Art and Culture,” European Project RIME, Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico‘Pigorini,’ Rome, Italy, April 2012.
  • Co-Chair, “Expressions of Life and Remembrance: A Museum-School Exhibition Partnership,” American Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 2012.
  • Presenter, “Receptacles of Power: Three Case Studies,” Otsego Institute of Native American Art History, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY, May 2012.
  • Exhibition advisor, “Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place,” All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, Feb-June 2012.
  • Presenter, “Parallax Effects: Representations of Native North Americans Then and Now,” University of Rochester, NY, March 2011.
  • Curatorial Advisory Panel, “Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art,” Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 2010–12.
  • “Art of the Native Americans: The Thaw Collection,” MIA, October 24, 2010–January 9, 2011
  • Presenter, “Multiple Narratives in Plains Indian Ledger Art,” Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth University, Hanover, N.H.
  • Bush Foundation “Enduring Vision” panelist, 2010
  • “From Our Ancestors: Art of the White Clay People,” MIA, 2009–2010
  • Artist in Business Leadership Committee, First Peoples Fund, Rapid City, S.D., 2009
  • “Young People’s Ofrenda: Expressions of Life and Remembrance,” October–November, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Consultant, Saint Louis Art Museum, 2006–9
  • “Ofrenda Project,” 1999–2003, 2008
  • “Pride on the Plains: Art of the Apsaalooka,” 2007
  • Guest curator, “Myth & Reality: The Art of the Great Plains,” Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y., 2007
  • Guest curator, “Indians,” Ariz Tower, Basque Country, Spain, 2004
  • Curator, “Beauty, Honor, and Tradition: The Legacy of Plains Indian Shirts” 2004
  • Consultant, “Great Indian Hall,” Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Charlestown, Va., 2000
  • Intern, “Visions of the People: A Pictorial History of Plains Indian Life,” 1991–93


  • Author, "Native American Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts," Tribal Arts, Spring 2012, XVI-2 number 63.
  • Author, "Time-honored Expression: The Knowing of Native Objects," Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art, Peabody Essex Museum, 2012.
  • An Interview with Guest Curator Joe Horse Capture, from Native American Art at Dartmouth exhibition catalogue, 2011
  • Consultant, Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, the United States and Canada, 2010
  • Co-author, Something Wears Me: Clothing Traditions on the Great Plains and Plateau, with Janet C. Berlo, Art of the Native Americans: The Thaw Collection, Fenimore Art Museum, 2010
  • Contributor, Collecting Our Past, Presenting Our Stories, from From Our Ancestors: Art of the White Clay People, 2009
  • Reader, MFA Highlights: Native American Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass., 2009
  • Contributor, Caring for American Indian Objects: A Practical and Cultural Guide, (Minnesota Historical Society Press: 2004)
  • Co-author, Beauty, Honor, and Tradition: The Legacy of Plains Indian Shirts, National Museum of the American Indian and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2003
  • Contributor, Art of the North American Indians: The Thaw Collection, 2000
  • Contributor, Sacred Legacy: Edward S. Curtis and the American Indian, 2000
  • Co-author, Warrior Artists, National Geographic Society, 1998
  • Catalogue entries for Visions of the People: A Pictorial History of Plains Indian Life, 1992

Other Information

“I have been fortunate to work with two great mentors, my father, George P. Horse Capture, who recently retired from the National Museum of the American Indian, and MIA Director Emeritus Dr. Evan Maurer.”


October 2012