Object photography

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Object description

  • Armond Lara (DinĂ© (Navajo) and Mexican, birth 1939)
  • Koshare in Paris, 1982
  • Ink on paper
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
  • H: 30 in, W: 22 in (H: 76.2 cm, W: 55.9 cm)
  • Gift of Katrina M. Carye, 2011
  • 2011.29.32
  • Artist inspired by indigenous and Western art
  • Pueblo figure set against European-style background

Showing in Paris' annual Grand Palais exhibition in the 1980s inspired this piece. Through satire, humor and over-dramatization, koshare, or sacred clowns, enliven ceremonies with outlandish antics, teaching the community about unacceptable conduct while reinforcing Pueblo values. Typically striped, this koshare wears a woven ceremonial belt over a European style mini-skirt, and whimsically holds an umbrella - a simultaneous nod to the nature of the traditional roles of the koshare and Parisian mime.

INSCRIPTION

Writtin in pencil at bottom of printed area: "Koshare in Paris Armond Lara 82 40/50".

DESCRIPTION

This is a silkscreen print depicting a Koshare figure with her left leg lifted back and holding an umbrella over her shoulder. The figure is wearing a small skirt and is formed with white and black horizontal lines, fading into the background, formed with the same pattern. There are accents of red along the figures belt.

COPYRIGHT HOLDER

Mr. Armond Lara