Comic Art Indigene at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Comic Art Indigene at the Palm Springs Art Museum

By: 
ICTMN Staff
6/28/11

Comic Art Indigene at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Comic Art Indigene, an exhibition running through September 18 at the Palm Springs Art Museum, showcases an eclectic mix of American Indian comic art. The show features 49 works, the oldest being a red-white-and-blue pictograph from ca. 1290 dubbed "All American Man" that is paired with its modern visual ancestor: Captain America as drawn by Jim Steranko. Jason Garcia's Tewa Tales of Suspense: Behold... Po'Pay is a tribute of sorts to the comic cover art of Steranko, Jack Kirby and others, but with a twist: The issue's cover date is August 1680. Graphic designer Jolene Nenibah Yazzie's imagery has adorned skateboards and illustrated newspapers; her frequent "woman warrior" pictures suggest a kind of Native superheroine. And speaking of heroines—perhaps the most interesting piece in the show is a traditional beaded bracelet by Choctaw artist Marcus Amerman featuring the unmistakable bustier- and hotpants-clad DC crime fighter Wonder Woman. Comic Art Indigene is a traveling exhibition that has previously shown at the Museum of New Mexico and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

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