Object photography

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Object description

  • David Bradley (White Earth Ojibwe, birth 1954)
  • Indian Market La Fonda, 2002
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Minnesota, United States (Lives and works in American Southwest)
  • H: 36 1/8 in, W: 52 1/8 in, D: 1 3/8 in (H: 91.8 cm, W: 132.4 cm, D: 3.5 cm)
  • Gift of James and Margie Krebs, 2008
  • E303936
  • Depicts annual Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Offers humorous take on consumption of Native art and culture

Here, David Bradley imagines a scene from Santa Fe's annual Indian Market, the prestigious two-day art show held every August. In his playful view, the crowd includes a boy wearing a play headdress, a blue-ribbon-winning artist posing with her patron, and actor Clint Eastwood.


LR in paint 'David Bradley'; verso UC in graphite 'Indian Market (La Fonda scene)/@2002 David Bradley, Santa Fe, N.M.'


This image depicts a large group of people attending the Southwestern Alliance for Indian Arts Association's (SWAIA) Indian Market in an outdoor plaza, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The market is filled with booths displaying artwork, where a variety of people are purchasing clothing, dolls, blankets, ceramics, etc. Behind the market booths are adobe buildings. One has a sign which reads "La Fonda Hotel, No Vacancy." The building across the street from La Fonda has hanging on it a bunch of chili peppers strung, an animal skull with horns, and a banner that reads, "81st annual Indian Market." The top third of the painting is filled with blue sky and a large cloud formation. A stone plaque in the bottom right corner of the image reads, "The end of the Santa Fe Trail."


Peabody Essex Museum