Running until May 19 at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota, is the excellent exhibition Andy Warhol: Creating Myth and Icon. The exhibit is the first solo collection of leading Pop artist Andy Warhol works at the museum and features 36 prints, including two of Warhol’s last series: Cowboys and Indians and Myth.
In a stroke of creative genius, the museum came up with an idea: "As an exploration of Andy Warhol’s appropriation of Native American cultural figures, Plains Art Museum asked photographer Joseph Allen, Lakota/Ojibwe, to create a set of images in response to Warhol’s print series Cowboys and Indians." And so Allen did.
In two images, Allen challenges the viewer to question perceptions of the Native American as portrayed in art and commerce, according to the museum. "While Warhol’s images attempt to examine such figures through the lens of pop culture, stripped of their original social significance, Allen attempts to bring the issue full circle and raise awareness of how such appropriation affects our understanding of Native American culture and history."
Allen's images were presented in a special event on Thursday, April 18: “When Pop Goes Your Culture: Joseph Allen Talks Back to Andy Warhol," Allen was on hand to talk about his work.
Catch Allen's work along with Warhol's at the Plains Art Musem until May 19. To learn more, click here. And click here for the museum's Facebook page. Click here for a short WDAY ABC-TV video segment featuring Allen talking about his works.
About Native artist Joseph Allen:
Joseph J. Allen, Lakota/Ojibwe, currently lives on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota and has been exhibiting his art for 18 years. His photographs are in the collections of the Weisman Art Museum, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community archives. His work has also appeared in the books Beloved Child and Minnesota in Our Time: A Photographic Portrait. Joe has won awards for his work, including a “best photo spread” honor by the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) in 1998. He also won a McKnight Photography Fellowship in 1993.