"APACHELYPSE Now," by Douglas Miles, Global Fellow and February 2017 Artist-in-Residence

Douglas Miles, Apache Leadership, 2016
February 1, 2017February 26, 2017

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
Reception: Saturday, February 25, 3–5 pm

APACHELYPSE Now is a glimpse into the multi-faceted work of Douglas Miles from the San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona. Using street art forms, he creates work that simultaneously deconstructs stereotypes and emboldens Native people in the 21st century. His renegade ethos at work creates a new iconography in art, photos, and film. The title APACHELYPSE Now is an homage to Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now about a lone poet, renegade colonel, and his tribe gone rogue from the US.

Douglas Miles is an artist, designer, photographer, filmmaker, muralist, public speaker, and founder of Apache Skateboards. His work encourages reflection on how art can foster community-building and promote pride and well-being, especially among young people. His work is rooted in Apache history and deeply engaged with the world of contemporary pop culture. Miles’ work has been exhibited at Princeton University, Columbia University, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe. He recently collaborated with actor and author Ethan Hawke and artist Greg Ruth on a New York Times bestseller graphic novel, Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars.

The de Young Global Fellows program, made possible with the generous support from The Christensen Fund, invites indigenous artists from around the world to activate the museum as a space where important cultural connections can be forged and historic collections can be enlivened through interactions with the public. Douglas Miles is the 2016-17 de Young Global Fellow, and will be working with the de Young and a number of partnering organizations from mid-January through mid-March 2017. Through Kua`aina Associates he will connect and engage with Bay Area based Native American artists and community at the beginning of the year, serve as the de Young Museum’s Artist-in-Residence in February 2017, and work with the 509 Cultural Center and Luggage Store Gallery in March 2017.