Apache Skull, 1990
Bob Haozous (American, Apache, born 1943)
rusted steel with gun shell casings, 54 x 18 x 21 in. (137.2 x 45.7 x 53.3 cm)
Museum purchase with funds from the Friends of Contemporary Art, 1992
Bob Haozous, a Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache, was born in Los Angeles, California. An outspoken critic of the state of our planet, with strong opinions about the role of Native American artists, his work often reflects his political thinking. Haozous combines Native, especially Apache imagery, strong form, and a carefully honed wit aimed at life in America.
Reflective Questions and Activities:
|E||Why do we recognize this as a skull? What are the essential components in a skull? What does a skull symbolize in this sculpture?|
|S||Why are there so many bullet holes?|
|S||Do the crucifixes have any significance? What was the influence of the Catholic Church on Native American peoples?|
|E/S||The artist, Bob Haozous, is known for making political statements through his art countering racial stereotypes of Native American people.
• What is a stereotype?
• What are some of the stereotypes early colonials developed about Native American people?
• What kinds of stereotypes might Native Americans have developed for Anglos?
• What might the artist be addressing in this sculpture?
|S||Haozous is also known for his wit. Is there any humor in this sculpture? Why?|
|E/S||If you could place this sculpture anywhere in your town or city, what would be the best location to maximize its presence and impact on the community?|