Eminent Domain: a Brief History of America

Eminent Domain: a Brief History of America

Jim Denomie, Ojibwe, Lac Courte Oreilles Band, American, 1955 - March 2, 2022
Born: Wisconsin
Work Locations: Minnesota
Ojibwe | Lac Courte Oreilles Band
United States
Oil paint on canvas
Accession Number
Credit Line
Native Arts acquisition funds

Jim Denomie (Ojibwa, Lac Courte Oreilles Band), Eminent Domain: A Brief History of America, 2011. Oil paint on canvas; 84 x 144 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition funds, 2013.67. © Jim Denomie. Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery. 

height: 84 in, 213.3600 cm; width: 144 in, 365.7600 cm
Native Arts
Indigenous Arts of North America
This object is currently on view

In this monumentally scaled painting the artist examines well-known events in American history using his bold narrative and often cartoon-like style.

Look closely at this map of the United States to see more than one hundred images depicting such events as:
- Osama Bin Laden as King Kong scaling the Twin Towers
- Christopher Columbus arriving in three UPS trucks
- Mt. Rushmore with pop culture icons
- Abraham Lincoln observing the assassination of John F. Kennedy
- The bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City
- Civil War battles
- Tonto and the Lone Ranger

Each event is depicted in roughly the geographic location in which it occurred with Denomie's characteristic biting wit as he presents a conflicted national history. 

Known Provenance
Created 2011 by the artist; Bockley Gallery Minneapolis, MN, before 2013; Purchased 2013 by the Denver Art Museum.
Exhibition History
  • “Counting Coup”—Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 8/19/2011 - 12/31/2011