Brad Kahlhamer works across media to reflect and grapple with his origins as an infant adoptee raised outside of his Native American birth heritage. Perpetually centering the nuanced positions of Indigeneity, he aims to illuminate a larger constellation of cultural, historical, and national legacies, exchanges, and extractions.
Kahlhamer’s recent exhibitions include Swap Meet at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2022), 11:59 to Tucson at the Tucson Museum of Art (2022), and A Nation of One at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul (2019). Recent group exhibitions include Snake whisky still life and other stories at Various Small Fires in Los Angeles (2022), Disruption: Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection at the Denver Art Museum (2022), and The Contemporary Print: 20 Years at Highpoint Editions at theMinneapolis Institute of Art (2021–2022). He is the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Visual Arts Grant (2020) and the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant (2017) and was recently awarded a residency through the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy (2022). His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, and Forge Project, among others.
Born in Tucson, Kahlhamer currently lives and works in New York City and Mesa, Arizona.