This week’s episode of Art Shows a Go Go shines a light on an exhibition that was just released that we are really, really excited about. Show takes place inside the Palm Springs Art Museum. Check it out:
June 17 – Sept. 18, 2011
at the Palm Springs Art Musem
Comic art is now mainstream. It is a source for award-winning fiction, highly-budgeted motion pictures, and endless streams of merchandising such as toys and video games. Yet comic book art remains an enigma, its most popular genre has always been directed towards a young audience hindering its growth and acceptance among artists and critics.
Comic strips, and its unruly offspring, comic books are maturing as an indigenous American art form. Two-fisted tales of suspense showcasing fantastic heroes and villains interacting with gods old and new have also always been a part of Native American culture. Comic Art Indigène examines how American Indian artists articulate identity, art, worldview, politics and culture through the kinetic expression of sequential art. Inspired by this unique medium, using its icons, tropes and dynamism, this is a new world of American Indian art, full of the brash excitement first seen on newsprint a century ago, sometimes unrefined, even crude at times, but never sterile.
Using images and art spanning from the 13th century to contemporary works, Comic Art Indigène begins with the image of the red, white and blue All American Man, a shield-carrying warrior pictograph of the Pueblo II period (c. 1290), and is contrasted with an image of that other red, white and blue, shield-hurling hero, Captain America. Traditional media such as ceramics, beadwork and painting are represented, however the subject matter may surprise those expecting standard romanticized scenes of Native American life.
This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM. The Palm Springs Art Museum presentation is made possible by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation and Donna and Cargill MacMillan, Jr. – via psmuseum.org
*Jolene Nenibah Yazzie (Navajo), Protector of Innocence, 2007, digital print, courtesy of the artist
Here are some cool works to look forward to checking out:
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we are really excited to check out another exhibition that is going down in the same place, at the same time!!! The Palm Springs Art Museum is on fire right now with all the amazing, super cool, art that they are exhibiting. Can’t wait to check this one out as well:
Ransom: An Art Installation by Lewis de Soto
06.16.11 – 12.31.11
Lewis deSoto’s exhibition project, Ransom, utilizes the Mesoamerican collection at the Palm Springs Art Museum, commissioned videos, and historical sculptural elements to create a multi-nuanced environment that presents the dynamic relationship between victor and vanquished. On view concurrently with Comic Art Indigène, another exhibition addressing indigenous cultural themes, the project references Hernando de Soto’s defeat of the Incan empire in Peru under Francisco Pizarro’s command.
Located in the Video Projects Room, the James & Jackie Lee Houston Atrium on the main level, and the Marilyn & Bruce Throckmorton Gallery on the mezzanine level, deSoto’s exhibition project begins with a conceptual gateway of gold and silver leaf that juxtaposes Peruvian vessels from before and after the encounter between Europeans and native peoples of the Americas. Working closely with the Education Department, he has created a video featuring Coachella Valley teens and young people as the “actors” in a reading of texts originally presented to the indigenous peoples of the Americas by Spanish conquerors. In addition, deSoto will be in residence during the museum’s summer Art Camp to interact with children and introduce them to his project.
The opening of the exhibition will feature deSoto’s 2004 sculpture CONQUEST, a simulation (“faux-riginal”) of a 1965 car that never existed. This actual car carries within its branding, color schemes, and inherent metaphors the language of colonial power in the Americas, referencing the white war horse that Hernando de Soto used as a conquering weapon in the new world. DeSoto’s wry sculptural and video inventions in combination with actual Mesoamerican objects bring to light the historical meanings of the museum’s holdings by positioning them within a contemporary context. The car will remain on view through September 18, 2011.
Having grown up in nearby San Bernardino, Lewis deSoto (b. 1954) is literally a native son of the Inland Empire. His mixed blood heritage positions him as a literal product of the exchange and competing claims of the Cahuilla/Native American, Spanish, and Mexican-American peoples who identify with this region. He is known for his photographs, installations, sculpture and public art that engage cosmological questions, notions of self, and cultural mythologies.
Organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum, this artist project is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation with additional funding provided by the LEF Foundation, the Irvine & Irma Robbins Foundation, and Marilyn Throckmorton.
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