“Old Dominion,” artwork by Cannupa Hanska Luger. (Image courtesy LUX Center for the Arts)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 17, 2019

LUX Center for the Arts Presents: First Friday with “Dementia Americana,” a group show by Cannupa Hanska Luger, Marty Two Bulls Jr., and Micheal Two Bulls and “Life is a Balloon” by Louis LaBudda.

Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019, 5-8 p.m.

(Facebook event: https://facebook.com/events/2250024795247049/)

LINCOLN, Neb. — LUX Center for the Arts presents “Dementia Americana,” a group show by Cannupa Hanska Luger, Marty Two Bulls Jr., and Micheal Two Bulls and “Life is a Balloon” by Louis LaBudda. These exhibitions will have an opening reception First Friday, February 1, 2019 from 5-8 p.m.

“Dementia Americana” is an exhibition of new artworks from three contemporary Native American Artists: Cannupa Hanska Luger, Marty Two Bulls Jr., and Micheal Two Bulls. This exhibition is proudly sponsored by Bold Nebraska and The Lincoln Arts Council. The artists explore the state of American aesthetics and the relationship to the current socio-political climate through mixed media, ceramic sculpture, printmaking and assemblage.

“Art connects our spirits and feelings to issues that impact our lives and our neighbors,” said Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska. “Bold is proud to sponsor this exhibit and hope it stirs conversation and action in our state.”

Dementia Americana is the chronic disorder of memory, personality changes and impaired reasoning of American culture and its interpretation of history. The America that these three artists find themselves in is plagued by the aforementioned disease.

A culture filled with contradictory narratives of freedom and oppression; citizen and immigrant; liberalism and conservatism. This disease affects the way America analyzes and interprets its own history causing it to often times repeat its dark past of genocide, thievery, slavery and discrimination.

Each artist takes their own unique approach at addressing these contradictory narratives through their artwork with hopes of providing an alternate approach to evaluating and counteracting the Dementia Americana that plagues their nation. “Dementia Americana” runs in our Main Gallery through March 31st.

More information at https://www.luxcenter.org/exhibitions/dementia-americana.

Louis LaBudda’s ceramic objects in “Life is a Balloon” are visual representations of himself. Each piece is dressed well with a unique pattern, to symbolize the outfits worn on a day-to-day basis. The forms themselves often go deeper. Some represent bottled emotions, others joyous memories. This exploration of self is accompanied by an appreciation for beauty and design apparent in his striking surface decorations, patterns, and material choice.

Louis LaBudda received a BA from Doane College and a Post-Baccalaureate in Ceramics from the University of Arkansas. He currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska and works out of his personal studio.

“Life is a Balloon” by Louis LaBudda runs in our East Gallery through February 22nd. More information at https://www.luxcenter.org/exhibitions/life-balloon.

The LUX participates in the city-wide art walk in Lincoln, NE every first Friday of the month. Our opening reception is from 5-8 p.m. with scheduled artist talks at 6 p.m. LUX Center for the Arts is free and open to the public. Free parking is
available on the west side of the building just off of 48th and Baldwin.

LUX Center for the Arts is located in historic University Place at 2601 N. 48th Street.

Dementia Americana at the LUX Center for the Arts