Bar Flies

1995

Object

Artist

Diego Romero, Cochiti, American, 1964 -
Born: Berkeley, CA
Work Locations: Cochiti pueblo
Active Dates: 1986- present

Culture

Country

Object Info

Object: bowl
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2003.1222

Medium/Technique

Clay and paint

Credit

Gift of Virginia Vogel Mattern

More Info

Dimensions

height: 5 5/8 in, 14.2875 cm; diameter: 12 7/8 in, 32.7025 cm

Department

Native Arts

Collection

Native Arts-American Indian Art

Known Provenance

Created 1995 by the artist; purchased 1995 from Santa Fe Indian Market by Virginia Vogel Mattern; gifted 2003 to the Denver Art Museum

Caption

Diego Romero (Cochiti), Bar Flies, 1995. Clay and paint; 5⅝ x 12⅞ in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Virginia Vogel Mattern

Inscription

on exteriror rim: "Diego Romero Cochiti Bar Flies 95"

Extended Info

“The figures are metaphors for Indian people in the 20th century and they evoke the dichotomy of being a traditional Native in the contemporary world, where Indians watch the Super Bowl, but when feasts roll around they’re out dancing in kilts.” Inspired by prehistoric Mimbres narrative-style pottery and recent comic book art, Diego Romero frames his political commentary within the circular confines of bowls.