Indigenous American Art, 1960-2000

January 15 – June 20, 2021
Donald D. Anderson Gallery

Indigenous American artists continually take inspiration from the world around them. While their work may sometimes reference Indigenous traditions and lifeways that have been maintained or altered, their work may equally be inspired by formal problems of line and color instead, like other artists around the globe. While many Indigenous artists continue to work in media that are centuries or millennia old, like beadwork, ceramics, basketry, and weaving, others have taken note of the trends of contemporary art and gone in a different artistic direction. It’s these latter artists who are the focus of Indigenous American Art 1960-2000.

Featuring the work of well-known Indigenous artists like Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), R.C. Gorman (Navajo), Pablita Velarde (Santa Clara Pueblo), and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish), this exhibit demonstrates a wide variety of traditional and contemporary subject matter depicted through an equally wide variety of materials from sand painting to bronze sculpture. This exhibition will serve as an introduction to the subject with a follow-up show travelling from the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in the second half of 2021.


Kevin Red Star (Crow), Mr. and Mrs. Chokecherries, 1981, color serigraph on paper, June Middleton Estate Fund Purchase. 1984.008.0002


Terrance Talaswaima (Hopi), Messages from Yesteryear, 1980, acrylic on canvas board, Patricia Gaylord Anderson Memorial Fund Purchase. 1981.016.0003