This exhibition, organized by Palm Springs Art Museum, is the first major survey exhibition of the work of contemporary Native American artist Gerald Clarke, a member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians. Combining various media in his sculptures, paintings, and installations, he is inspired by his cultural heritage and tribe’s desert and mountain environment to express traditional ideas in surprising and contemporary forms. His diverse artistic output resonates with histories of assemblage, pop, conceptual, and politically engaged art produced by both Native and non-Native artists.
This exhibition is organized by Christine Giles, Curator. Generous support is provided by the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation, Edeltraud McCarthy, Roswitha Kima Smale, the Cahuilla Band of Indians, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Additional funding is provided by Ellen Donaldson and The Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation.
Gerald Clarke (Cahuilla, born 1967), Native Forms, 1994, oil, acrylic, and oil stick on canvas, 62 x 62 inches. Courtesy of Cahuilla Band of Indians, L2019.18. Photo by Ian Byers Gamber
Gerald Clarke: Falling Rock
This publication is a survey of three decades of work by contemporary Native American artist Gerald Clarke (Cahuilla). Utilising wit and humour to expose historical and present-day injustice, Clarke brings a decolonial perspective to urgent cultural and political issues facing our world.