Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will host
exhibitions featuring works by two of America's most well-known pop
artists: Roy Lichtenstein: American Indian Encounters and Andy Warhol's
Cowboys & Indians. Both exhibitions open January 27, 2007, and close
on April 15, 2007.
The Pop Art movement launched in
during the 1950s as one of the most important art movements of the 20th
century. It was not until the early 1960s that the pop art movement
migrated to the
and pop art masters, such as
, emerged on the scene. The term Pop Art is used to describe artwork
that borrows and incorporates images found in popular culture such as;
comics, and advertising as seen on bill boards and food packaging.
employed commercial art and comic book illustrating and printing
techniques into their work, blurring the lines between high art and
: AMERICAN INDIAN ENCOUNTERS
This exhibition contains little-known works that draw on Native
American motifs and European modernism (
) for inspiration. For
, Native American art provided a historical base for American art,
reminiscent of African art's relationship to early European modernism.
The themes and compositions are revisited in
's 1979 Amerindian paintings and related drawings and prints.
A sketchbook from 1979 is full of Native American motifs based on
textiles, ceramics, beadwork, quillwork, and baskets. His Amerindian
paintings of the late 1970s may have been stimulated by his experiences
, residing near a Shinnecock Indian reservation.
: American Indian Encounters presented by the
is organized by the
in conjunction with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. The exhibition and
catalogue are supported by generous grants from the Blanche and Irving
Laurie Foundation, the Karma Foundation, and from the following
Exhibition Angels: Anonymous, Susan and David Bershad, Bobbi Brown and
Steven Plofker, Suzanne and Jeffrey Citron, Pat and Mort David, Dorothea
and Peter Frank, Gregg Seibert, Linda and Brian Sterling, Judith and
William Turner, Carol and Harlan Waksal, Carol and Terry Wall, and Margo
and Frank Walter. Additional support has been provided by
and Herb Klein, and
is the last stop for this engaging traveling exhibit. A 90-page
exhibition catalogue will be available in White River Trader, the
: COWBOYS AND INDIANS
is widely known for his depictions of
celebrities and consumption on a larger-than-life canvas. This rare
suite is one of
's last works, created just one year before his death in 1987. In it,
pays homage to
's popular version of Western history.
He depicts American heroes of the West (General Custer, Teddy
Roosevelt and Geronimo), Western entertainers (Annie Oakley and John
Wayne), and romanticized, stereotyped and exploited images of American
Indians (Indian Head Nickel, Plains Indian Shield, Mother and Child,
Katsina Dolls, and Northwest Coast Mask).
Strategically placing these
clashing icons together in one suite,
challenges and exposes the controversies surrounding
's perception of cowboys and Indians. For instance, in
embodies the rugged cowboy: strong, quick and purposeful but hesitant in
's image and influence as an American icon of the West reinforces the
popular perception that the cowboy was the true and glorified hero. In
the meantime, the Indian in
's Indian Head Nickel is perpetually stereotyped as the enemy and seen
as a disappearing artifact subject to exploitation.
Both Roy Lichtenstein:
American Indian Encounters and
's Cowboys & Indians present enormous intrigue and playfulness in
the examination of values and popular culture as manifest in the pop art
GOES THE WEST PROGRAMMING
Goes the West includes programming that supports the
exhibits and allows guests to experience aspects of pop art in a fun and
in conjunction with the Indianapolis Museum of Art will present a
two-part crash course in pop art on Feb. 8 and 15. The first of the two
sessions, held at the IMA, includes a tour of pop art works in the
institution's permanent galleries, as well as a visit to the exhibit Pop
Art Prints. The second will be at the
and will include a tour through
: American Indian Encounters and
's Cowboys and Indians.
On March 10, guests can explore topics including Native American
roles/stereotypes in comics, how Native American comics differ from
mainstream comics, and what budding comic creators can do with
illustrations and story lines. The event will feature panel discussions;
demonstrations by a caricature artist; local and regional comic vendors;
Native American comic collectors and more.
On April 6,
will present the program Personalities of Pop:
. McNutt will discuss the personalities and lives of these two icons.
This is a talk in the gallery and informal lunch in the Sky City Café
following the presentation.
In the museum's
, families will find daily hands-on activities, as well as workshops
that allow participants to craft Pop Art from Pop Tarts or create a
For a complete list of programs, visit www.eiteljorg.org.
opening for young professionals
This special showing of Pop Goes the West featuring
: American Indian Encounters and
's Cowboys and Indians for young professionals, is hosted by Agave and
IndyHub. Come for special guided tours of the exhibit, music by DJ Greg
Campbell, signature drink by Jaegermeister, caricatures by
and a chance to win your 15 minutes of fame.
Cost is $5 per person and includes one signature drink. Free
admission for Agave Members.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an
appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the
American West and the indigenous peoples of
. The museum, which opened in 1989, is located in
. For general information about the museum and to learn more about
exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit www.eiteljorg.org.