Now Exhibitions

Tanya Lukin Linklater: Inner blades of grass (soft) inner blades of grass (cured) inner blades of grass (bruised by the weather)

Artist Residency

A long-haired dancer crouches in a gallery with their head toward the ground and arms behind them in front of three red platforms of differing heights.

Experience visual and performing art by Sugpiaq artist, writer, and Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipient Tanya Lukin Linklater in her first US survey exhibition.

Her largest presentation to date, the exhibition explores Lukin Linklater’s multidisciplinary practice over the past decade and features a Wex-commissioned project informed by her visit to Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, the nation’s newest United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. You’ll encounter other new works that cite Indigenous art lineages, embrace ancestral belongings, and consider how weather organizes communities as well as our environment.

Lukin Linklater’s perception of time and place comes across in her sculpture, installation, rehearsals, video, works on paper, and writing. She explains that her practice is inspired by her upbringing in the Kodiak archipelago of Alaska. “I look to my Alutiiq/Sugpiaq knowledges in relation to our homelands, waterways, atmospheres and our minds.”

The exhibition’s title is informed by an interview with the late Sugpiaq cultural worker Eunice von Scheele Neseth and a poem by Oglala Lakota poet Layli Long Solider. Describing grass in different states—soft, cured, and bruised by the weather—references the procedures that women of Kodiak Island follow when harvesting and processing plant material used to weave baskets. The imagery evoked by the words also asks viewers to consider observation and touch in the acts of restoration and repair.

During the exhibition’s opening and closing moments, visitors can experience a multiday series of improvisational open rehearsals with dance artists in relation to Structure of Sustenance Three in the galleries. In August, Inner blades of grass will also culminate with a gathering of Indigenous artists, musicians, poets, and performers.

Tanya Lukin Linklater, Hair Prints open rehearsal with Ivanie Aubin-Malo at Open Space, Victoria, Canada, 2023. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries. Photo: Miles Giesbrecht.


Open Rehearsals: Scrape soak steam pour crack sew bend brace.

Open rehearsals will take place 2–5 PM in the galleries with dance artists in relation to Structure of Sustenance Three on the following days:

  • Jun 1, 2, 4, and 5
  • Aug 13–17


  • Dance artists: Sam Aros-Mitchell, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Talia Dixon, Ceinwen Gobert, and lisa nevada
  • Choreographer: Tanya Lukin Linklater
  • Outside eye/facilitator: Rosy Simas
  • Costume, styling, and studio assistant: Mina Linklater

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Fifteen bent-laminated curved wooden ribs stand vertically in a semicircular arrangement that curves inward. They rest in brackets on a steel base.

Tanya Lukin Linklater with Tiffany Shaw, Indigenous geometries, 2019; cold-rolled steel, laminate ash, paint, matte polyurethane, and hardware; installation view at Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Canada, 2023; courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; photo: Blaine Campbell. 

Seven lengths of red, floral-patterned scarves that are attached end to end hang from the ceiling, forming a U shape above a circular wooden riser.

Tanya Lukin Linklater, Held in the air I never fell (spring lightning sweetgrass song), 2022; kohkom scarves, thread, hide, ash, copper, artificial sinew; courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; photo: Rachel Topham Photography.

About the Artist

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Tanya Lukin Linklater has recently participated in the Aichi Triennale, Japan; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; New Museum Triennial, New York; and Toronto Biennial of Art. Her work has also been shown at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; among other institutions. Her first collection of poetry was Slow Scrape (published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism Books in 2020 and by Talonbooks in 2022). A catalogue, Tanya Lukin Linklater: My mind is with the weather—copublished by the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Oakville Galleries; and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin—was released in spring 2024. Lukin Linklater’s Alutiiq/Sugpiaq homelands are in southwestern Alaska where much of her family continues to live. She is a tribally enrolled member of the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in the Kodiak archipelago. 

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Tanya Lukin Linklater: Inner blades of grass (soft) inner blades of grass (cured) inner blades of grass (bruised by the weather) is organized by Kelly Kivland, former head of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts and director and lead curator at Michigan Central, with support from Curatorial Assistant Jonathan Gonzalez. 

Teiger Foundation
Canada Council for the Arts

Bill and Sheila Lambert  
Carol and David Aronowitz  
Crane Family Foundation  

American Electric Power Foundation  
Mary and C. Robert Kidder  
Bill and Sheila Lambert

Adam Flatto  
PNC Foundation

Ohio Department of Development

Greater Columbus Arts Council

The Wexner Family 

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts 

Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme

The Columbus Foundation 

Nationwide Foundation

Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease 


Mike and Paige Crane

Axium Packaging

Nancy Kramer 
Ohio State Energy Partners  
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection  
Larry and Donna James

David Crane and Elizabeth Dang

Bruce and Joy Soll

Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle

Jones Day  
Alex and Renée Shumate


Now Exhibitions

Tanya Lukin Linklater: Inner blades of grass (soft) inner blades of grass (cured) inner blades of grass (bruised by the weather)