Jeffrey Palmer

Grave Misgivings

Grave Misgivings explores the lasting power of Geronimo’s name and image. The distinction between his iconographic cultural presence and the life and death of the real man is explored in a young native artist’s (J. Nicole Hatfield) visit to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where she explores the Old Guardhouse where Geronimo was imprisoned, and his grave. Her efforts to reach the real man through real places result in a new painting, which she creates high on Medicine Bluff, suggesting that, in the final analysis, it is more than iconic representation that Geronimo‘s spirit lives.

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