The spotlighted collaboration represents a successful Affiliations partnership
Super Indian: Fritz Scholder at the Denver Museum of Art
Smithsonian Collaborators: Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Museum of the American Indian
Affiliate Collaborator: Denver Museum of Art (Denver, CO)
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection of more than 70,000 works of art divided between 10 permanent collections. Since becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2014, DAM has worked closely with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, participating in workshops to continue to be a leader in family-friendly programming.
Super Indian: Fritz Sholder, 1967-1980 is a new exhibition opening on October 4, 2015. Included in the exhibition are three works of art from the Smithsonian—one from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and two from the National Museum of the American Indian. These are the first loans to DAM as an Affiliate of the Smithsonian.
Fritz Scholder once vowed never to paint Indians. He claimed he was not an American Indian artist, but he was. He claimed his art was not political, but it polarized the art world. For every position he took, he also explored the opposite perspective.
This groundbreaking exhibition includes more than 40 rarely seen, monumental paintings and lithographs by the renowned twentieth-century artist. It is the first to explore how Scholder blended figurative and pop art influences to create colorful, compelling, and revolutionary images.
One of the works of art is Indian and Contemporary Chair, an oil on linen from the Smithsonian American Art Collection, gift of Judge and Mrs. Oliver Seth.