American Indian museum opens Fritz Scholder show

Washington, D.C. (AP) 11-08

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is mounting the largest retrospective of works by artist Fritz Scholder at its Washington and New York locations.

The exhibit “Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian” opened Nov. 1 in both cities and examines how his work as an expressionist painter and sculptor challenged portrayals of Native Americans. Scholder was one-quarter Luiseno but insisted he wasn’t any more American Indian than he was German or French.

The exhibit includes more than 130 works. Highlights include the colorful landscape “New Mexico No. 1” from 1964 and the provocative “Indian With Beer Can” from 1969, which will be shown publicly for the first time in more than 20 years.

The show runs through May in New York and through August in Washington.







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