Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian
This comprehensive two-city exhibition illuminates the achievements of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, the late Fritz Scholder (1937-2005). Featuring 135 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures drawn from major public and private collections, including the color-saturated canvases for which the artist is famous, Indian/Not Indian opens concurrently at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and at NMAIs George Gustav Heye Center in New York. The Washington exhibition surveys Scholders forty-plus years as a working artist, with particular emphasis on his groundbreaking and controversial Indian paintings from the 1960s and 1970s. The New York exhibition focuses on the artists works from the 1980s and 1990s, when he stopped using overt Indian imagery and explored mythical beings, the afterlife, and the unknown.