Eminent Domain: a Brief History of America

Eminent Domain: a Brief History of America

2011
Artist
Jim Denomie, Ojibwe, Lac Courte Oreilles Band, American, 1955 - March 2, 2022
Born: Wisconsin
Work Locations: Minnesota
Culture
Ojibwe | Lac Courte Oreilles Band
Country
United States
Object
painting
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Accession Number
2013.67
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. 

Dimensions
height: 84 in, 213.3600 cm; width: 144 in, 365.7600 cm
Department
Native Arts
Collection
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