Skip to Main Content

The Calumet from the portfolio Decade

© Morgan Art Foundation Ltd / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Morgan Art Foundation Ltd / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Robert Indiana

American, 1928-2018

The Calumet from the portfolio Decade, 1971

color screen print on white Schoellers Parole paper

Edition: XX/XXV from an edition of 200 plus 25 artist's proofs and 5 printer's proofs

image area: 31 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches (80.64 x 75.56 cm); sheet: 39 x 32 inches (99.06 x 81.28 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Multiples, Inc., NY, 1971

P1971:9

More Details

Inscriptions

signature, dated / lower right / R. Indiana 1971

Class

Prints

Work Type

Screen print

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

The text in this print, based on a 1961 painting, comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha. A “calumet” is a kind of Native American peace pipe, like the one shared by representatives of the tribes called together by Gitche Manito, a mythical peace-bringer in Longfellow’s narrative. In his composition, Robert Indiana visually brings the names of various tribes together within the unifying confines of a large circle emblazoned with the poet’s verse. “Calumet” is also the name of a township in the artist’s home state of Indiana, and he was drawn to the connection between his personal biography and this grand national narrative.

Label from Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective, June 16–September 23, 2018

Back to Top