Press release from February 25, 1981.
Santa Fe NM 2/25 — A unusual range of art work by Indian artists from many tribes and sections of the country, has been assembled at The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition, “The Object is Graphic: Native American Prints and Posters,” opens Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m. with a reception open to the public.
Colorful lithographs, serigraphs, etchings and woodcuts by well known artists, including R.C. Gorman, Fritz Scholder, T.C. Cannon, Allan Houser, Earl Biss, Kevin Red Star, Jerry Ingram and Ed Singer, reflect new direction in Native American art.
Navajo artist R.C. Gorman, master of the elegant line, is represented by four lithographs and one etching, Scholder by three prints including “Deco Indian,” Randy Lee White by three works related to early Indian art such as warriors’ painting on tipi and ledger drawings.
A number of participating artists will be present to autograph poster at the Case Trading Post, the unique Museum shop at the Wheelwright managed by Michael Hamilton.
Print making on a large scale has been a development of the last two decades. Those who are not familiar with its techniques may find the “Printmaking Primer” at the Exhibit helpful. The following are excerpts:
Etching: Image made by cutting or biting acid into a metal plate.
Lithograph: Drawing made with greasy substance on stone or metal plate.
Serigraph: A stencil-process silk screen print.
The exhibit runs through April 25. It was organized by Rain Parrish, Curator of the Wheelwright, designed by Leslie Roundstream of the Museum, and arranged by Don Humphrey of Santa Fe. It will be shown next in Anchorage, Alaska at the Historical Fine Arts Museum.