Larry McNeil

Fly Don't Walk

1998
Category: 
These prints are from the "Fly by Night Mythology" series, in which McNeil employs the mythological figure of Raven as trickster to relate his own northern and southern experiences. "Fly Don't Walk" describes the artist's experience of relocating from Alaska to San Francisco. He had a heightened awareness of the streetlight signs, realizing the ambiguity of using white man and red hand symbols to direct pedestrians. "In the True Spirit of Whiteman" is a response to a line of questioning posed by a non-Native man regarding Indigenous identity. The inquiry could be considered a slight, yet McNeil uses humour to challenge the man's comments.
Artist
Title
Fly Don't Walk
Date
1998
Medium
Photograph
Materials
ink jet print
Dimensions
60.9 x 91.4 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 2011
Accession number
43254