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Straat Museum Welcomes “Indigenous Americans: Post Colonial Expressions”

Straat Museum Welcomes “Indigenous Americans: Post Colonial Expressions”

Keep Calm and DeColonize

Four contemporary artists with native American heritage will be mounting a new exhibition in Amsterdam this spring called “Indigenous Americans: Post Colonial Expressions.” This is an excellent derivation of the typical grafftiti/street art story that we like to expose – especially when it is rooted in inviting more people into the room that continues to redefine itself.

Curator Hyland Mather and team at STRAAT Museum have been building a good foundation of diversity in the last few years as their collection has grown and their exhibitions schedule widens – with a professed mission to examine the street art and graffiti culture as it is expressed around the world.

“ ‘Indigenous Americans: Post Colonial Expressions’ speaks to the unity a diverse culture embodies, and to the deeply rooted history of Indigenous makers and their ongoing relationship with public space painting,” say organizers.

The four participating artists are Jaque Fragua, Danielle SeeWalker, Kaplan Bunce, and Anthony Garcia Sr. You may be familiar with one or all of them – we recall the text billboards of Jaque Fragua a few years ago in a distinctive hand that alerted public to some historical facts like “This Is Indian Land”, on a Los Angeles construction site wall – and some highjacked signs saying ”Sacred” and “Stop Coal”.

Danielle SeeWalker. Denver Central Market. (photo courtesy of Straat Museum)

“I see graffiti as a primordial art form of mark-making that started on caves and rocks as petroglyphs or pictographs,” Fragua said on ArtNet a few years ago. “The language is a bit different in modern times, but the spirit of visual storytelling is still there.”

“The contemporary Urban Art landscape to me looks like a mix between a culture-rich sharing of art practices from around the globe,” says artist Kaplan Bunce in a press release from the museum. “I see unity in the community and have found that by continuously practicing my indigenousness throughout these spaces I am continuing a pathway made by those who have been making marks on walls for all of time.”

Danielle SeeWalker. “Not Today Cowboy”. (photo courtesy of Straat Museum)

Danielle SeeWalker. “Uncle Giving Directions”. (photo courtesy of Straat Museum)
Jaque Fragua. (photo courtesy of Straat Museum)
Kaplan Bunce. “Four Directions Prayer”. (photo courtesy of Straat Museum)
Kaplan Bunce. (photo courtesy of Straat Museum)

Exhibition opens Saturday April 8th, 2023, from 7-10 pm in the STRAAT Gallery at STRAAT Museum, with the artists in attendance.
In addition to the gallery exhibition which runs through Sunday June 4th,
2023, each artist will also create a mural scale work for STRAAT’s permanent collection in our massive main hall.

Learn more about the artists here:

Anthony Garcia Sr. aka Birdseed Anthony

Kaplan Bunce aka Kapache1

Danielle SeeWalker aka SeeWalker

Jaque Fragua aka Mobilsavage

Anthony Garcia (photo courtesy of Straat Museum)

STRAAT Museum Operating Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Monday – noon – 6 pm
NDSM Plein 1, 1033WC,
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Images of the Week 03.27.11

Brooklyn-Street-Art-IMAGES-OF-THE-WEEK_05-2010Birdwatching in Central Park is one of the most popular naturalist activities, and Street Art watching is a favorite naturalist activity of cultural soothsayers here at BSA. You never know what kind of plummage or pattern you are going to see as you round the corner of an abandoned lot or rusted doorway. As the geological, political, and economic seasons shift, different birds can be seen in the urban brush – reappearing familiar ones, and new previously unseen. Like an avid birdwatcher, sometimes you can find the name in your guidebook, other times you just note the markings and hope for future clues.

Here is our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Arms, Jaque Fragua, Marisak, a new kind of Obey, Shin Shin, XAM, and Yatika.

We start with a black and white photo of man wheat pasted next to black graff  on a white wall or was it the other way around?brooklyn-street-art-old-man-jaime-rojo-03-11-webIn either case the resulting dynamic made it look like the installation was intentional and the stark monochromism and subject matter play off one another. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Marisak (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Arms (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Arms (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Arms (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Shin Shin (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Shin Shin. Detail  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


XAM ‘CSD FEEDING UNIT 1.0’ (photo © Jaime Rojo)


XAM (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Name. Game. Fame. Obey (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Irony. Obey (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Too many conflicting and contradicting messages. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Yatika Fragua Spring mural. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Yatika Fragua. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jaime Rojo. Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In memory of Elizabeth Taylor 1932 – 2011

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Chris Stain: Spreading His Wings in Albuquerque

Brooklyn Street Artist Chris Stain just returned from Albuquerque, New Mexico where he participated in a program called STREET ARTS: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture & Free Expression and he put up a huge version of his “Conductor” piece on this big brick wall.Chris Stain "Conductor"

Chris Stain “Conductor”

Stain was participating in a new arts collaboration event organized by Fran at 516 Arts and a number of other organizations dedicated to social justice and equal rights. He attended the event as a participating artist but he also took numerous photographs of the art on the street and in the gallery.

Guest artists performers and speakers from across the country and the world included Chaz Bojórquez, Henry Chalfant, Chris Stain, SWOON, Shepard Fairey, Slinkachu, Gaia, Gajin Fujita, Amiri Baraka, Cecil Taylor, Kevin Coval, Amalia Ortiz, Dafnis Prieto, Dave Hickey, Molodi, Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala and more.

 "Long Mayi Walk 2", by Chris Stain at 516.
“Long Mayi Walk 2”, by Chris Stain at 516 Arts.

Mr. Stain reports, “I was very fortunate to spend five days in New Mexico compliments of 516 Arts and their supporters. It was certainly amazing to meet some of the people whose work I have admired for a very long time, namely Chaz Bojorquez and Henry Chalfant.”

Chris Stain. "Long Mayi Walk"
Chris Stain. “Long Mayi Walk”

Chris Stain and Jaque Fragua
Chris Stain worked side by side on this wall with Jaque Fragua

“It seems like Jaque and I have known each other for many lifetimes. There was a feeling of mutual respect for the work and the meanings behind it. Jaque brings his Native American culture off the res(ervation) and out of his heart and onto the street,” observes Chris.


A piece by Swoon © Chris Stain


Dude, I am so beat I’m just going to take a little cat nap if you don’t mind.  A piece by Mark Jenkins shot by Chris Stain

Chaz Bojórquez

Says Chris, “It was quite a shock to be there watching a master letterer working his craft. I had just got his new book, The Art and Life of Chaz Bojorquez, in the mail a few days before leaving for my trip. I knew he was in the show but I didn’t know he would be installing as well.”

Chaz Bojórquez. Detail

Chaz Bojórquez. Detail

Chip Thomas © Chris Stain

Chip Thomas
Chip Thomas

Chip Thomas took some of the photos that he uses for his street art on the Navajo Reservation where he lives and works. According to Chris, “he mixes his wheatpaste from the same Blue Bird flour that most residents use in baking.”

Steven Gutierrez
Steven Gutierrez poses with his assistant in front of his piece.

Special thanks to Chris Stain for sharing this with BSA readers. Learn more about Chris  and read his blog on


516 ARTS offers adventurous programs that address current issues in world culture, presenting innovative and interdisciplinary exhibitions, events and educational activities in a variety of art forms, including visual and literary arts, film, video and music.

STREET ARTS: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture & Free Expression, a new arts collaboration in October and November, organized in partnership with the ACLU-NM and involving 25 local organizations. It centers around a two-part exhibition at 516 ARTS titled Street Text: Art From the Coasts & The Populist Phenomenon, which examines Street Art and its evolution into an international cultural movement. The project celebrates art in the urban environment and explores issues of freedom of expression. It includes an exciting line-up of related exhibitions, new Downtown murals, spoken word, music, dance, talks, Street Art tours, a Hip Hop Film Festival and a Spoken Word Festival titled SHOUT-OUT: A Festival of Rhythm & Rhyme at multiple venues (November 4-7).

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