Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Exhibits Andy Warhol Panels “Cowboys and Indians”

From OPB here. An excerpt

The 10 panels and additional material are on loan to Tamastslikt from the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York. Tamastslikt curator Randall Melton says the images are evenly divided among the Cowboys — iconic western figures like General Custer and John Wayne — and Indians — images Warhol obtained from what became the National Museum of the American Indian.

Melton explains, “People kind of give you the ‘Huh? How does that fit into a tribal interpretive center?’ “

He says this show is a departure from the museum’s usual cultural program, but an intentional one. The Tamastslikt show marks the first time these works have travelled. They’re typical of Warhol’s style — photographs, done up in silkscreen, then painted with lots of vibrant color.

Dorothy Cyr, a tribal member who works next door at the Wild Horse Casino, brought her 12-year-old son Zech to see the show.

“It was nice,” the younger Cyr said, strolling amid the panels. “It was really odd the way he uses his art, how he made all the colors.” Dorothy Cyr added, “I think it’s a great opportunity for our tribe to have such works displayed on our reservation.”