Reader Carleen sent over this image, which comes from an exhibition of contemporary Native art that Susan Shown Harjo curated in DC back in 2007. I know it’s old, but you know how much I like art and images that call into question preconceived notions about Indian identity, clashing with stereotypes and challenging ideas of Natives in the historic past, as fantasy characters, ect. This painting definitely fits the bill, and let’s be honest, it’s pretty fun too.
Lots of other great images from the show can be found at the Washington Post here. The show was entitled “American Icons Through Indigenous Eyes”, and The Post noted that the exhibition was a “rare chance to see modern works by Native Americans that don’t necessarily reflect craft traditions, anthropology or history, but instead a viewpoint and a vision for art.” Exactly what I love about contemporary Indian art. There are even some images that play with cultural appropriation–I especially liked this one by David Bradly, called “Land O Fakes”:
Have I mentioned my undergrad thesis was on contemporary Indian art? It might be obvious by now.
Today’s my first-ish day of class (still “shopping”), so expect posting to return to normal next week!