Past Exhibition: May 22, 2020 – March 8, 2021

Laughter & Resilience: Humor in Native American Art

Laugh, smile, and understand how humor is expressed in a variety of ways in Native American cultures in this exhibition curated by the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Sante Fe, N.M.

Experience the Comedy in Indigenous Art

What is it: For centuries, humor has played a vital role among many Native American tribes as an important form of artistic expression. Native artists past and present employ humor in a wide variety of ways, using a range of artistic media. Laughter is universally appealing and relatable. Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art inspires an appreciation and better understanding of Native Art through the introduction of the concept of how humor, telling jokes, being light-hearted, and taking a less serious approach to life (especially during times that require or have required acts of resiliency), is central to many Native American groups.

A majority of the artists in this exhibit are from Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, as well as California; with a few additions of artworks from the Eiteljorg’s permanent collection. Representations from the Ojibwa, Lakota, and Haudenosaunee will be included, thus rounding out a more North American Native perspective on humor.

This exhibition is curated by the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, N.M.

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How to visit: See exhibit Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission

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