TAG: American Indian

Pack your Parfleche!
Lesson Plan

Pack your Parfleche!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

If you lived a nomadic lifestyle like many of the American Indians of the Great Plains, what items would you be sure to pack? Invite students to imagine themselves out following herds of buffalo as they “pack” their virtual parfleche boxes!

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Dan Namingha, Hopi Eagle Dancer, 1995. Acrylic paint on canvas.
Exhibition

Why We Dance

American Indian Art in Motion
May 29, 2016–August 14, 2016

This multisensory exhibition presents the motives behind Native American dance and highlights the museum’s annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration. It features about 86 works, including 78 drawn from the DAM’s American Indian art collection. More

Indian No 1 by Fritz Scholder
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Native Artists Discuss Fritz Scholder

Fritz Scholder was a polarizing person and artist, but his impact on American Indian art is not in doubt. Native artists shared their views about Scholder with associate curator John Lukavic. More

Fritz Scholder, American Portrait with One Eye (detail), 1975.
Blog: Behind the Scenes

The DAM's New Exhibition Highlights Native Artist Fritz Scholder

The Denver Art Museum has been collecting and exhibiting American Indian artists’ work since 1925, and the exhibition Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980, is part of our ongoing commitment to highlight the work of leading artists in this field.

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Super Indian gallery
Blog: Behind the Scenes

10 Quotes from Artist Fritz Scholder

For the Fritz Scholder exhibition we compiled many quotes by the artist. Below is a selection of them that provide insight into his inspirations and creative process. We hope you also check out the exhibition on view through January 17, 2016. Included with general admission, free for members. More

Melanie Yazzie, My Quilt
Exhibition

Strong Statements

June 10, 2015–October 15, 2017

Strong Statements features six thought-provoking works, each by a contemporary native artist. The works challenge stereotypes and explores issues that affect American Indians including corruption and violence in the casino industry, racism, addiction, and questions of identity. More

E. Martin Hennings, A Friendly Encounter
Exhibition

A Place in the Sun

The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings
December 13, 2015–April 24, 2016

Explore the journey of two lifelong friends and fellow artists who were instrumental in defining American art in the twentieth century. A Place in the Sun presents bold, large-scale paintings by Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings, who found their niche in the Southwestern village of Taos, New Mexico. More

Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz
Exhibition

Revolt 1680/2180

Virgil Ortiz
May 17, 2015–April 24, 2016

Virgil Ortiz, a renowned artist from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, uses contemporary art to blend historic events with futuristic elements. Set against Ortiz’s graphic murals, this exhibition features 31 clay figures and invites visitors to immerse themselves in a storyline that Ortiz created that begins with the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. More

Super Indian
Exhibition

Super Indian

Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980
October 4, 2015–January 17, 2016

A groundbreaking exhibition of more than 40 rarely seen, monumental paintings and lithographs by the renowned twentieth-century artist. Though he was influenced by abstract expressionists including Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, as well as painters Francis Bacon, Francisco de Goya, and Paul Gauguin, Fritz Scholder’s work was purely his own. His art reveals the raw reality of being an American Indian. More

DAM Artist-in-Residence Linda Aguilar Knows Basket making
Blog: Meet the Artist

DAM Artist-in-Residence Linda Aguilar Knows Basket making

Linda Aguilar is not a typical basket maker. Her horsehair baskets combine traditional Chumash Indian basketry techniques with non-traditional materials. Think bingo chips, beads and sequins, and even bits and pieces of credit cards. Actually, nothing about Linda is typical. Not the way she learned to weave, her teaching style, or her apple pie—all of which are extraordinary. More

Casting Call for Monkman Performance
Blog: Meet the Artist

Casting Call for Monkman Performance

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with an internationally acclaimed artist? Are you an actor, model, make-up artist, or otherwise highly motivated performer? Artist Kent Monkman is looking for skilled individuals to participate in his upcoming performance Casualties of Modernity premiering at the Denver Art Museum October 18, 2013. See the position descriptions below.

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Sovereign: Independent Voices
Exhibition

Sovereign: Independent Voices

September 15, 2013–August 16, 2015

Sovereign: Independent Voices highlights the work of three leading American Indian contemporary artists, Kent Monkman, Rose Simpson, and Virgil Ortiz, who have received international acclaim. These artists challenge people to think more broadly about the place of native artists in the contemporary art world through a fusion of historic techniques with contemporary styles and ideas. The included works reflect meditations on the self and native histories in a variety of media, including painting, sculptural ceramics, and multimedia works. More