Not Your Mama’s Indian Art – Native Peoples – July-August 2016 – Native Peoples

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(image: Live Long and Prosper (Spock Was a Half-Breed) by Debra Yepa-Pappan)

I saw this show last Friday and it blew me away.

Pop art/street art is often just tired, shallow variations of the same Warhol rip-offs, but everything here was fresh, relevant, and direct.

Sly humor, bright colors, and cartoon characters were perfectly juxtaposed with history and activism about Native genocide, persecution, and erasure. Re-appropriating pop culture and modern art iconography to highlight Native figures and culture makes much more effective commentary than typical, pseudo-activist Banksy imitations, but alongside all of the anti-colonialist critique was an overwhelming sense of celebration for the Native voices that contribute to and participate in modern American culture.

Not Your Mama’s Indian Art – Native Peoples – July-August 2016 – Native Peoples