Writers, artists and other creatives seek unique ways of expressing themselves. There’s only one Hunter S. Thompson, for example. Only one Shakespeare. Probably. Only one Georgia O’Keefe. If you like creatives who push the envelope, you’ll love The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts of Santa Fe. While there this past fall, I was lucky enough to see a unique exhibition called “Stereotype: Misconceptions of the Native American,” by Cannupa Hanska Luger, a Lakota conceptual artist. It’s both subversive and humorous in its ironic representations of iconic traditional objects, and their relation to our reality today.
His ceramic sculptures of boom boxes hit hard celebs he calls “cultural appropriators.” His art and commentary also lay to rest certain common stereotypes, like Indian Princess (no such thing), the way Chiefs are depicted and more. Walk through a bit of his work below and see how many you recognize.
Clever. Thought-provoking. Creative I loved it, and if you’d like to read an interview with the sculptor and see some of his cultural references, go HERE.