American Spirit

2004-2005

Object

Artist

David P. Bradley, Chippewa, Lakota, American, 1954-
Born: Eureka, CA
Work Locations: Santa Fe, NM

Culture

Country

Object Info

Object: sculpture
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2015.658A-G

Medium/Technique

Plywood, paper, acrylic paint, aluminum foil, and PVC

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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Dimensions

height: 66 in, 167.6400 cm; width: 30 in, 76.2000 cm; depth: 14 1/2 in, 36.8300 cm

Department

Native Arts

Collection

Indigenous Arts of North America

Known Provenance

Purchased from the artist by Vicki and Kent Logan, 2014; gifted to Denver Art Museum, 2015

Caption

David P. Bradley (Chippewa/Lakota), American Spirit, 2004-2005. Plywood, paper, acrylic paint, aluminum foil, and PVC; 66 x 30 x 14½ in. © David Bradley. Denver Art Museum: Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2015.658

Extended Info

Bradley’s work comments on the commercial use and appropriation of Native imagery to represent the “natural,” healthy world. At the same time he highlights the negative effects of tobacco use—a subtle message evident in the image on the foil top of Chief Big Foot, a Lakota man murdered at the Wounded Knee Massacre by the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry in 1890.

© David Bradley

Exhibition History

  • "Iconoclash"—New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, 2005 - 2006
  • "David Bradley: Restless Native, the Journey"—Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, Casper, WY, 1/23/2009 - 5/10/2009
  • "Strong Statements"—Denver Art Museum, 6/10/2015 - 10/15/2017