Shuffle Off to Buffalo #V

Shuffle Off to Buffalo #V

1983
Artist
Harry Fonseca, Maidu, American, 1946-2006
Born: Sacramento, CA
Work Locations: Santa Barbara, CA, Sacramento, CA, Santa Fe, NM
Culture
Maidu
painting
Acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas
William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection, by exchange
2005.63

Harry Fonseca (Maidu), Shuffle Off to Buffalo #V, 1983. Acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas; 60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm). Denver Art Museum: William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection, by exchange, 2005.63. © 2016 Harry Fonseca Collection, Autry Museum of the American West

Dimensions
height: 60 in, 152.4000 cm; width: 48 in, 121.9200 cm
Inscription
"Shuffle Off to Buffalo #V / by / Harry Fonseca"--bottom, center.
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America
In his art, Harry Fonseca transforms Coyote, the trickster character in California Indian stories, into a contemporary Native American figure. Fonseca often sets Coyote in an urban setting, dressed in a leather jacket and high-tops. He has become as much an assertive character as a humorous one. In this painting, Coyote takes the stage as Uncle Sam. Fonseca presents him as a stage actor and as an emblematic government figure. The glittering gold frame resembles frames used on Renaissance and baroque paintings—a reference to art history.
Exhibition History
  • "The Art of American Dance"—The Detroit Institute of Arts, 3/20/2016 - 6/12/2016
  • Denver Art Museum, 7/10/2016-10/9/2016
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, 11/5/2016 - 1/30/2017
  • “Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer” — Denver Art Museum, 5/13/2018 – 8/12/2018

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