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When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California features contemporary art by First Californians and other American Indian artists with strong ties to the state. Spanning the past five decades, the exhibition includes more than sixty-five works in various media, from painting, sculpture, prints, and photography, to installation and video. More than forty artists are represented, among them pioneers such as Rick Bartow, George Blake, Dalbert Castro, Frank Day, Harry Fonseca, Frank LaPena, Jean LaMarr, James Luna, Karen Noble, Fritz Scholder, Brian Tripp, and Franklin Tuttle, as well as emerging and mid-career artists. Taking cues from their forebears, members of the younger generation often combine art and activism, embracing issues of identity, politics, and injustice to produce innovative—and frequently enlightening—work. The exhibition, along with the accompanying catalogue, transcends borders, with some California artists working outside the state, and several artists of non-California tribes living and creating within its boundaries. Diverse cultural influences coupled with the extraordinary dissemination of images made possible by technology have led to new forms of expression, making When I Remember I See Red a richly layered experience.
Published in association with the Crocker Art Museum
Exhibition dates: Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento: October 20, 2019–January 26, 2020 Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe: August 13, 2020–January 3, 2021 Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles: September 19, 2021–February 27, 2022
About the Author
Frank LaPena is an artist, curator, poet, and scholar who has been at the center of California Indian art for the past six decades. He is Professor Emeritus at Sacramento State University.
Mark Dean Johnson is Professor of Art at San Francisco State University. He is also an artist, curator, and scholar.
Kristina Perea Gilmore is Associate Curator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California.
"From [Frank] LaPena’s lithograph “History of California Indians” to Linda Aguilar’s basket decorated with shells, bingo markers, and cut-up credit cards, the images challenge stereotypes in astonishing ways."