Past Exhibitions

Comic Art Indigène

May 11, 2008 through January 4, 2009

Tribal Force
Tribal Force Ryan Huna Smith (Chemehuevi/Navajo), 2000 Pen and Ink on Board

Mr. Diabetes
Mr. Diabetes Marty Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota), Blue Pencil and ink in board, 2004.

Storytelling has long been a part of Native American culture. Comic Art Indigène which opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on May 11, 2008 looks at how storytelling has been used through comics and comic inspired art to express the contemporary Native American experience. Under the larger definition of narrative art, comic art is more related to Native American art traditions than one might expect. The earliest surviving examples of such narrative art is rock art. The historic examples used in the exhibition, such as photographs of rock art, ledger art, and ceramics are meant to link Native American art traditions with contemporary voices.

Apache Speedy
Photo speedy close: Apache Speedy Douglas Miles (San Carlos Apache/Akimel O'Odham), Acrylic on 7-ply maple wood, 2003.