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49 Minutes of Fame: An Exhibition of Native Pop Art

49 Minutes of Fame: An Exhibition of Native Pop Art

Friday, November 5, 2021 to Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Red Cloud Opera House Gallery
"I'm not Rebecca: In the Garden with Percy" by Katie Dorame

Join us as we celebrate Native American Heritage month with an exhibition showcasing Native American pop artists. 49 Minutes of Fame plays on a name for powwow after-parties and takes a capacious view of pop art. The show will feature pop interpretations of traditional materials, artistic appropriations of popular mythologies, and artistic works that "pop" tired myths and stereotypes. Participating artists include Roy Boney, Chase Earles, Johnnie Diacon, Katie Dorame, April Holder, Dustin Mater, Marlena Myles, Sarah Rowe, Nathaniel Ruleaux, Hoka Skenandore, Arigon Starr, and Micah Wesley  49 Minutes of Fame is curated by Tom Farris of the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City and member of the Cherokee Nation and Otoe-Missouria tribe, and Todd Richardson, James R. Schumacher Chair of Ethics and University of Nebraska Omaha's Goodrich Scholarship Program professor. 

View the digital gallery here!

The National Willa Cather Center acknowledges that we occupy the homelands of the Pâri (Pawnee), the Washtáge Moⁿzháⁿ (Kansa), and the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux) peoples, territory that was also utilized by the Oto-Missouria, Osage, and other indigenous peoples following the arrival of American and European settlers. We commit ourselves to honoring those peoples and the land we occupy by providing a space for cultural exchange and learning. Programming at the National Willa Cather's Red Cloud Opera House is made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Artist Bios

Johnnie Diacon is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma (Mvskoke), Thlopthlocco Tribal Town (Raprakko Etvlwa), and a member of the Deer Clan (Ecovlke). He is a graduate of Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A noted artist for nearly four decades, he currently lives on the Muscogee Creek Nation Reservation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife Nikki and their son Emerson.

Read his artist profile HERE.

Katie Dorame is a visual artist born in Los Angeles, currently living and working in Oakland. Dorame’s work has been exhibited at Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles, Southern Exposure, Galería de la Raza, Guerrero Gallery, Incline Gallery, and the Thacher Gallery in San Francisco as well as the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College in New York. She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts and her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is an Indigenous artist of mixed descent, and member of the Gabrielino/Tongva tribe of California.

Chase Earles is a master in the skilled craftsmanship of ancient Caddo pottery that was often created to represent revered items and animals “within our natural world, in our stories, and in our cultural knowledge.” Sometimes called effigy pots, Earles says “they are vessel sculptures of the world around us, which represent everything from the history of our people, to ceremonies, to the balance we believed was important in governing. Indigenous Futurism gives me a way to modernize Caddo pottery.”

Dustin Mater is a visual artist who has spent a lifetime cultivating his skills in visual representation. Starting at the age of two, Dustin was interested in colors and design. Dustin grew up in Ada, Oklahoma, and at the age of three became interested in comic books and graphic novels shortly thereafter. Dustin studied art and design at Santa Monica College and the Multimedia Institute of Hollywood from 2000 to 2004. His grandmother, Caroline, an original Chickasaw Nation enrollee, helped him understand the beauty of their tribe’s history.

Marlena Myles is a self-taught Native American (Spirit Lake Dakota) artist located in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has gained recognition as being one of the few Dakota women creating digital art including fabric patterns, animations, and illustrations bringing modernity to indigenous history, languages, and oral traditions. Growing up on her traditional Dakota homelands in the Twin Cities, she enjoys using her artwork to teach Minnesotans of all backgrounds about the state’s indigenous history. Her professional work includes children’s books, fabrics, animations, and fine art in galleries such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Russian Art, Red Cloud Heritage Center, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art . In 2021, she opened her own Dakota publishing company called Wíyouŋkihipi (We Are Capable) Productions as a platform to educate and honor the culture, language, and history of Dakota people.

Hoka Skenandore was born in 1982 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His multicultural roots include the Oneida of Wisconsin, the Oglala Lakota, the La Jolla Band of Luiseno, as well as Chicano heritage. He grew up in a home where he learned to appreciate Traditional Native Art alongside Fine Art. On his own he embraced the D. I. Y. ethos of Punk Rock and Hip-Hop Culture and painted Graffiti Art. He transitioned from painting Graffiti to working on murals in the Albuquerque metro area. He is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts where he earned his BFA, as well as a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he earned his MFA in 2020.

Arigon Starr is an enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma. She created the Native American superhero "Super Indian," which began as a radio theater project, then a webcomic, and has since been published as two graphic novels. "Super Indian" Volume One and Two are part of educational curriculum in schools, colleges, and universities across the United States and Canada. Arigon's comic artwork has been highlighted in publications such as "The Nib" and "Oklahoma Today." Her writing, editing, and artwork are showcased in "Tales of the Mighty Codetalkers," "Moonshot," and comics for Colorful Colorado's History Project. Her artwork has been featured in exhibitions at the Heard Museum, National Museum of the American Indian (New York), Philbrook Museum, and the Department of the Interior. Arigon is also an award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and playwright. She is based in Los Angeles, California.