I’m sitting just outside the press preview of the newest rotating gallery exhibit at the NMAI this morning. It’s called “Indian/Not Indian” and it’s comprised of the work of controversial artist Fritz Scholder. His depictions of American Indians, beginning in the 1960s and continuing his whole career, were provocative for their thematic matter. Showing alcoholism, and the decline of the Indian Society, as well as more aggressive and haunting figures, Scholder’s work is outside the “normal” purview of traditional Indian art.
The exhibition opens Saturday. We’ll have a gallery up later this week. This one’s not to be missed.