Cowboy and Indian” Film

  • Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Cowboy and "Indian" Film, 1957-1958, 16 mm film, black and white, sound, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Gary Wolkowitz, 2011.31, © 1957-1958, Raphael Montañez Ortiz

Ortiz produced experimental works in which he used existing films as the raw material for his own art. In Cowboy and Indian” Film, he ritually chopped up several copies of Anthony Mann’s classic Western Winchester 73 (1950) and then randomly reassembled snippets to completely destroy the original movie’s narrative and audiovisual integrity. Ortiz considered his shaman-like process resonant with his indigenous heritage. His destructive act also criticized media depictions of Native Americans.


Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

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Ortiz produjo obras experimentales en las cuales utilizó películas existentes como materia prima para su propio arte. En su obra Cowboy and Indian” Film cortó ritualmente varias copias del western clásico Winchester 73 (1950) de Anthony Mann, y luego ensambló al azar los trozos para destruir totalmente la narrativa original y la integridad audiovisual de la película. Ortiz consideraba que su proceso chamanístico resonaba con su herencia indígena. Su acto destructivo también critica la manera en que los medios de comunicación representan a los indígenas americanos.

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense, 2013

Title
Cowboy and Indian” Film
Artist
Date
1957-1958
Location
Not on view
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Gary Wolkowitz

Mediums
Mediums Description
16 mm film, black and white, sound
Classifications
Object Number
2011.31
Palette
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