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Maker(s):Scholder, Fritz
Culture:American, Luiseño people (1937-2005)
Title:Cat Woman, from the suite of lithographs "Indians Forever"
Date Made:1971
Measurements:Sheet: 10 1/2 in x 7 in; 26.7 cm x 17.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1980.18
Credit Line:Gift of Richard H. Templeton (Class of 1931)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Scholder was a prolific artist who worked as a teacher, painter, sculptor, printmaker, and bookmaker. He is best remembered today for the way his art attempts to challenge romantic conceptions of Native Americans.
Scholder had a great interest in Native American culture, and while he never lived on a reservation, his grandmother was Luiseño, a California Mission tribe. By the late 1960s, he taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where he influenced many Native American art students and in 1970 he was invited by the Tamarind Institute to do a large body of lithographs called “Indians Forever.”
The mysterious part-cat, part-human figure in this print belongs to this larger series, and reflects the artist playing with ideas of the subconscious, and the styles of abstract expressionism and pop art.

animals; figures; erotica; nudes; writing

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