Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Wendy Red Star: Rez Car

January 21 – March 31, 2012

Image: Wendy Red Star, Rez Car (detail), 2008-2011

Image: Wendy Red Star, Rez Car (detail), 2008-2011

Having grown up on the Crow Indian Reservation, artist Wendy Red Star always had a fondness for the broken down reservation cars that litter the landscape. Often these cars are viewed as blemishes that indicate laziness, poverty, and a deficiency in education. However, Red Star has come to recognize the abandoned vehicles as objects of beauty that represent a resilient and proud community that overcomes obstacles to keep its culture alive.

Wendy Red Star’s work explores the intersection between life on the Crow Indian reservation and the world outside of that environment. She thinks of herself as a Crow Indian cultural archivist speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.