Jeff Blankfort, Marlon Brando with Bobby Seale at memorial for Bobby Hutton, a young Black Panther who was slain by the Oakland Police Department, April 12, 1968. Photograph, 11 x 14 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Jeremy Deller: Marlon Brando, Pocahontas, and Me




Art Matters!
Conversation between artist Jeremy Deller and
AAM Director and Chief Curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson


Jeremy Deller's exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum takes, as its starting point, the career and interests of Neil Young. Instead of focusing on Neil Young's celebrity, the exhibition will examine a number Deller and Young's overlapping concerns, including American identity, history, politics, war, medical innovation, information technologies, and music. Titled Marlon Brando,Pocahontas, and Me, Deller's exhibition will consist of three components: an exhibition of artworks that address these themes, a symposium, and an accompanying book that will document the symposium.

The installation at the Aspen Art Museum will be curated by Deller. Among the artists invited to participate in the exhibition are Paul Chan, Mark Dion, Peter Doig, Sam Durant, An-My Lê, Dave Muller, and Sean Schneider. Also included in the exhibition will be a variety of historical artwork and ephemera, documenting everything from image making during the Vietnam War, historical paintings of Pocahontas, and Marlon Brando's involvement with the Civil Rights movement.

The symposium, presented at the Aspen Institute, will address Neil Young as a cultural phenomenon. Featuring leading practitioners in fields related to Deller and Young's shared interests-medical and information technology; social history; music history; war and war reportage-the symposium will be an interdisciplinary discussion. Guest speakers include Jonathan Kuniholm, co-founder of Tackle Design and Open Prosthetics Project; Dr. Daniel Bertrand Monk, Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Program and Professor of Geography, Colgate University; Major General Matthew P. Caulfield, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), former Deputy Director of The Military Office of the White House (1983 - 1986); and, Captain Rye Barcott, U.S.M.C.R., co-editor of Armed Conflict in Africa (Scarecrow, 2003), and co-founder of Carolina For Kibera (CFK), Kenya.

The book published on the occasion of the exhibition will synthesize elements of the installation at the Aspen Art Museum and the symposium. It will include images of the works in the exhibition, as well as transcriptions from the presentations and discussions at the symposium.


Jeremy Deller Catalogue


Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and Jeremy Deller conversation


Jeremy Deller: Marlon Brando, Pocahontas, and Me is organized by the Aspen Art Museum and funded in part by the AAM National Council. Publications underwritten by Toby Lewis with additional support from Danner and Arno Schefler. AAM Art Talks are part of The Questrom Lecture Series.