Artworks of Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds address Native American history and settler colonialism. Coming from Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the artist has been producing text-based conceptual and often public art messages in multiple medias for three decades. Heap of Birds advocates for indigenous communities worldwide as well as for personal freedom to live within a tribal circle as an expressive individual.
A professor, Heap of Birds has served as a visiting lecturer around the globe. He retired from teaching at the University of Oklahoma after 30 years, and is now Professor Emeritus in the Native American Studies Department.
exhibition & museum history
Heap of Birds has exhibited his works at The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations Reservation, Oklahoma; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Documenta, Kassal, Germany; Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland; University Art Museum, Berkeley, California; Association for Visual Arts Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico; Hong Kong Art Center, China; Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia; Grand Palais, Paris, France; Nanyang Technological University Art Gallery, Singapore; and the Venice Biennale, Italy.
The artists’ works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of America Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; Denver Art Museum, CO; Museum of Contemporary Native America Art, Santa Fe, NM; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL; the Belkin Gallery at the University at the University of British Columbia, Canada; and Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Recent collections include: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; British Museum, London; Saint Louis Art Museum, MO; Anchorage Museum, AK; and the Library of Congress.