Eminent Domain: a Brief History of America




Jim Denomie, Ojibwe, Lac Courte Oreilles Band, American, 1955
Born: Wisconsin
Work Locations: Minnesota



Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2013.67


Oil on canvas


Native Arts acquisition fund

More Info


height: 84 in, 213.3600 cm; width: 144 in, 365.7600 cm


Native Arts


Native Arts-American Indian Art

Known Provenance

Created 2011 by the artist; Bockley Gallery Minneapolis, MN, before 2013; Purchased 2013 by the Denver Art Museum.


Jim Denomie (Ojibwa, Lac Courte Oreilles Band), Eminent Domain: A Brief History of America, 2011
Denver Art Museum Collection: Native Arts acquisition fund, 2013.67
(c)Jim Denomie
Photograph courtesy of Denver Art Museum 

Extended Info

In this monumentally scaled painting the artist examines well-known events in American history using his bold narrative and often cartoon-like style.

Look closely at this map of the United States to see more than one hundred images depicting such events as:
- Osama Bin Laden as King Kong scaling the Twin Towers
- Christopher Columbus arriving in three UPS trucks
- Mt. Rushmore with pop culture icons
- Abraham Lincoln observing the assassination of John F. Kennedy
- The bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City
- Civil War battles
- Tonto and the Lone Ranger

Each event is depicted in roughly the geographic location in which it occurred with Denomie's characteristic biting wit as he presents a conflicted national history. 

Exhibition History

  • “Counting Coup”—Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 8/19/2011 - 12/31/2011