Gerald Clarke is an artist from the Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians. A creates sculptures and installations that often reflect Native American experiences. Last year The Palms Springs Art Museum presented the exhibit Gerald Clarke: Falling Rock. Nice write up from Palm Springs Life:
Clarke has emerged as a tribal leader, and he’s back on the tenure track as an assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside. But neither he nor his tribe is stuck in a time warp; the reservation has plenty of modern amenities: a bright-white internet repeater towering on a hillside, a softball field situated across from a new ramada, solar panels on several rooftops, and Clarke’s art studio, a Quonset structure he built two years ago.
FOR THE PAST 25 years, Clarke has been creating poignant, conceptual, and often humorous art addressing Native American identity and its intersection with mainstream U.S. culture and politics while defying the trappings and stereotypes of Native art.
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