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View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
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Object description

  • David Bradley (White Earth Ojibwe, birth 1954)
  • Pueblo Feast Day, 1997
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • New Mexico, United States
  • H: 60 in, W: 40 in, D: 1 3/8 in (H: 152.4 cm, W: 101.6 cm, D: 3.5 cm)
  • Gift from James and Margie Krebs Collection of Native American Art, 2001
  • E301824
  • Imagines celebrities at Feast Day dinner
  • Takes satirical look at commercialization of sacred tradition

On Feast Days, Southwestern Pueblo communities honor Christian saints-adopted during Colonial conquest-and also perform dances to maintain harmony with the spirit and natural worlds. Sometimes, the public is invited to share food. In this satirical vision, David Bradley imagines Bill and Hillary Clinton, artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and Tonto (Lone Ranger's sidekick) at the Feast table.

INSCRIPTION

CR in paint "David Bradley copyright '97"

DESCRIPTION

This painting depicts a group of various people sitting around a table covered with food. Details in and around the room include a woven rug in the foreground, a fireplace with a parrot perched on the mantle, a piece of painted pottery, and a woven basketry tray on the wall. An open window behind the table shows a casino, cars on the highway, mesas, and adobe buildings. Other people, including Bill and Hillary Clinton with Secret Service agents, artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and the Lone Ranger's sidekick, Tonto, are also outside. Guests at the table are various and imagined people you might find in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico or at a Pueblo Feast Day, including a scientist from Los Alamos, a non-Native academic type, the head of the household who has just returned hungry from a dance, and the Lone Ranger.

Exhibition History

  • Upcoming Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; 2015 through Present
  • Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 24, 2006 through November 27, 2011
  • Power and Beauty: A New Native American Art Gallery at the Peabody Essex Museum, Peabody Essex Museum; 2003 through 2005

COPYRIGHT HOLDER

Peabody Essex Museum