Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Fritz Scholder and American Indian Art

Unsure of TitleImage by tbridge via FlickrHad the privilege of a "sneak peek" at the new Fritz Scholder exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian.

I had never been there and the building alone is worth it. Just beautiful. And, there's something interesting or ironic about its location-the closest museum to the Capitol building.

I had zero idea who Fritz Scholder was prior to entering the exhibit, but the introductory video was just a first-rate overview for the novice.

It touched on his personal struggles with identifying as Indian (or not-as he was 25% Native), and how he put that into his art...which redefine the genre.

The art is powerful.

If you are in DC, I'd recommend a visit to both, if you can swing it.

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