MEOW WOLF : Conversation Sparker
By Dave Jasmon
A herd of buffalo are barreling right for you. . . but wait, are they being chased by UFOs? Flying saucers hover in the open sky above over these iconic creatures, at once gentle and imposing. So sets the scene of Frank Buffalo Hyde’s new mural “Buffalo Fields Forever” at Meow Wolf Santa Fe’s House of Eternal Return.
Hyde is a Santa Fe native and a member of the Onondaga Beaver Clan. He’s currently based in Syracuse, New York, but keeps strong ties to Santa Fe including an upcoming solo show at the Railyard and a family art studio, Studio Central. Hyde is represented in Utah and California, and has shown his work through numerous exhibitions across the country and in Europe. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, to name a few.
This mural emerged as the most recent iteration of Hyde’s “Buffalo Fields” series, one he started over 20 years ago with allegorical paintings depicting buffalo as witnesses to North America’s past, present, and future. “These paintings could take place 500 years in the past or 500 years in the future because, y’know, ‘alien technology,’” says Hyde, a sci-fan, “and the buffaloes were here for a long time anyway. And it’s also a statement about the land. It’s going to be here long after we’re gone.”