Fritz Scholder
Let Us Now Give Thanks
Native American Art
Matthew Hong

Thanksgiving in America has evolved, or devolved, into the day of the greatest consumption and consumerism, corporal to start, moving to capital the following day, known throughout the world as Black Friday.

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in several parts of the world with minor variations in meaning and practice which began with originating events recorded some 400 years ago. By certain accounts it is a tradition which held days of fasting and days of being thankful for the harvest. Religious at its roots, as with the origin of many holidays, today it has become predominantly secular, if not abundantly commercial.

Today we survey some contemporary Native American art, featuring works of Fritz Scholder, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Merritt Johnson, Nicholas Galanin, Wendy Red Star, Will Wilson, and the artist collective Postcommodity.

  • Karla Hiraldo Voleau: Another Love Story

    A year. That’s how long it’s been since Karla Hiraldo Voleau’s exhibition Another Love Story first opened at the MEP in Paris in 2022. A year is also the timeframe of the story chronicled in that project – a love story personal to KHV, which shifts abruptly from its climax to its end when she discovers that X, her lover, is leading a double life – a revelation that prompts the artist to question her certainties. (more…)

  • Georg Kussmann: FRG

    The German dramatist Heiner Müller observed that German history lies as if smothered by a rheumatism blanket: beneath there is warmth and stagnation, just enough to give the impression all is well, while the peripheries are freezing. Georg Kussmann’s photographs in FRG were created under this metaphoric blanket. Made in the Federal Republic of Germany over a single summer, they depict everyday scenes of life, work, and leisure (more…)