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March 26 2021

Fast Ponies and War Bonnets: A Lakota Look at Ledger Art

How does a Lakota artist read Lakota Ledger Drawings that are 120 years old and how can these drawings inform contemporary life?

Donald Ellis Gallery is excited to announce that critically acclaimed artist and filmmaker Dana Claxton is curating an online exhibition of historical Lakota Ledger Art from the gallery's holdings. The exhibition is on view May 5 - June 20, 2021 and coincides with Frieze Viewing Room.

Dana Claxton works in film, video, photography, single and multi-channel video installation, and performance art. Her practice investigates Native American stereotypes, Indigenous beauty, the body, socio-political and historical contexts, and spiritual practices. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis, MN), Vancouver Art Gallery, Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City (UT), and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), amongst others. 

Donald Ellis Gallery will donate 10% of all sales made during this exhibition to The Center of American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS), Martin, SD, as chosen by Ms. Claxton.

Ms. Claxton and Donald Ellis will give a virtual walk-through and panel discussion of the exhibition on May 7, 2021, at 2 pm EST. Please register for the event HERE

Fast Ponies and War Bonnets: A Lakota Look at Ledger Art