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July 27 2022

Armory Show 2022

Donald Ellis Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in The Armory Show 2022, held at the Javits Center in New York September 9-11, with an invitation-only preview on September 8.

The gallery will present Fast Ponies: Past and Present, an exhibition of early 20th century Plains pictographic drawings in dialogue with photographic work by critically acclaimed Lakota artist and filmmaker Dana Claxton.

Plains pictographic drawings were predominantly created by male warrior-artists as a means of recording personal and collective histories. Created at a time of increasing American imperial expansion on the Great Plains, Ledger Drawings speak to Plains warrior culture and the importance of the horse to it.

Dana Claxton’s photographic work resonates with the pictorial conventions of Plains pictographic drawing. By staging the human figure in a vast open space her images foreground the dress and personal belongings worn by fellow artist and filmmaker Iikaakskitowa (Cowboy Smithx). Like the warriors recorded in historical Plains drawings, Claxton’s photographs project Indigenous male identities in ways that defy stereotypical representations, influenced at once by Plains warrior culture, Hip Hop, lowriding and traditional applied aesthetics.

Dana Claxton works in film, video, photography, video installation, and performance art. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Canada, Walker Art Centre and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, amongst others. Her family's reserve is Wood Mountain Lakota First Nations located in SW Saskatchewan. She resides in Vancouver, BC.

Fast Ponies: Past and Present is a continuation of Fast Ponies and War Bonnets: A Lakota Look at Ledger Art, an online exhibition previously curated by Ms. Claxton. The exhibition is archived on our website.

For more information and press images please contact us at info@donaldellisgallery.com

Armory Show 2022