Abandoned Homestead, Corson County, South Dakota, 2000
Abandoned Homestead, Corson County, South Dakota, 2000
Brian Crow Neckless with Bret, below Cannon Ball, North Dakota, 2000
Brian Crow Neckless with Bret, below Cannon Ball, North Dakota, 2000
Browning, Montana, 1998
Browning, Montana, 1998
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, 2000
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, 2000
Charles and Robin White Butterfly, Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1997
Charles and Robin White Butterfly, Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1997
Charles and Robin White Butterfly, Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1997
Charles and Robin White Butterfly, Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1997
Darryl Pablo, Sacaton, Arizona, 1999
Darryl Pablo, Sacaton, Arizona, 1999
Eric Wells, Heart Butte Pow Wow, 1998
Eric Wells, Heart Butte Pow Wow, 1998
Eric Wells, Heart Butte Pow Wow, 1998
Eric Wells, Heart Butte Pow Wow, 1998
Hogan near Chinle, Arizona, 2000
Hogan near Chinle, Arizona, 2000
Homecoming, Mission, South Dakota, 1998
Homecoming, Mission, South Dakota, 1998
James Dedios, Dulce, New Mexico, 1997.
James Dedios, Dulce, New Mexico, 1997.
Last Stand HIll, Southeastern Montana, 1998
Last Stand HIll, Southeastern Montana, 1998
Misson, South Dakota, 2000
Misson, South Dakota, 2000
Nicolette Jose, Sacaton, Arizona, 1999
Nicolette Jose, Sacaton, Arizona, 1999
Phillip Surechief, Heart Butte, Montana, 1998
Phillip Surechief, Heart Butte, Montana, 1998
Porcupine Wash, North Dakota, 2000
Porcupine Wash, North Dakota, 2000
Robert and Maria, Farmington, New Mexico, 1998
Robert and Maria, Farmington, New Mexico, 1998
Serena Chief Stick with her NIeces, Box Elder, Montana, 1998
Serena Chief Stick with her NIeces, Box Elder, Montana, 1998
Si Johnson, Sr., Near Sells, Arizona, 1998
Si Johnson, Sr., Near Sells, Arizona, 1998
The Box, New Mexico, 1997
The Box, New Mexico, 1997
Alan Talks, Eagle Butte, South Dakota, 1999
Alan Talks, Eagle Butte, South Dakota, 1999
Bobbie Traversie and Yvonne McGinnis, Eagle Butte, South Dakota
Bobbie Traversie and Yvonne McGinnis, Eagle Butte, South Dakota
Catching a Football, near Sells, Arizona, 1997
Catching a Football, near Sells, Arizona, 1997
Corina Wolfblack, Ashland, Montana, 1999
Corina Wolfblack, Ashland, Montana, 1999
Darlene Dupri, born Dolly Mexico, Cherry Creek, South Dakota, 1999
Darlene Dupri, born Dolly Mexico, Cherry Creek, South Dakota, 1999
Dorene Rides at the Door with Dustin Whitegrass, Heart Butte, 1998
Dorene Rides at the Door with Dustin Whitegrass, Heart Butte, 1998
Fort Apache, Arizona, 1999
Fort Apache, Arizona, 1999
Jim Town, 1999
Jim Town, 1999
Leslie Shortbull, Mission, South Dakota, 1998
Leslie Shortbull, Mission, South Dakota, 1998
Mission, South Dakota, 1998
Mission, South Dakota, 1998
Parmalee, South Dakota, 2000
Parmalee, South Dakota, 2000
Pineridge Reservation, Southwestern South Dakota, 1997
Pineridge Reservation, Southwestern South Dakota, 1997
Sunday Horseshoes, Isabel, South Dakota, 2000
Sunday Horseshoes, Isabel, South Dakota, 2000
The Cheynne Rivewr at Cherry Creek, South Dakota, 1999
The Cheynne Rivewr at Cherry Creek, South Dakota, 1999
The Wake for Robert Perry, McNary, Arizona, 1999
The Wake for Robert Perry, McNary, Arizona, 1999
Tipi, Heart Butte, Montana, 1998
Tipi, Heart Butte, Montana, 1998
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Danny Lyon

Heart Butte


June 1 - July 19, 2002
New York

DANNY LYON
HEART BUTTE
Pictures of American Indian Reservations in the Western United States
EDWYNN HOUK GALLERY
1 JUNE - 19 JULY, 2002
Reception for the artist, Saturday June 1, 2-4 PM


DANNY LYON’s most recent series, Heart Butte premieres at Edwynn Houk Gallery on 1 June . The show, which consists of 35 black-and-white prints, runs until 19 July. A reception for the artist will be held at the Gallery on Saturday, 1 June from 2 to 4 PM. The exhibition coincides with the release by Twin Palms of Lyon’s new book, INDIAN NATIONS.

For four years, LYON visited the Sioux, Apache and Western tribes, returning with a sincere and romantic portrait of the people that once held the vast plains and deserts of America. Shot on the reservations where many of these first Americans now reside, these photographs explore a reality that remains largely ignored. In LYON’s own words, “capturing a people and sad beauty that is at the core of our history and our country.” This is reflected in the title of the exhibition, “Heart Butte”: a poetic name of place imbued with the vivid Indian sense of imagery and which stands symbolically for all the sites which LYON visited.

The people in LYON’s photographs have a striking presence. As expressed by Pulitzer prize winner Larry McMurtry in the introduction to the Twin Palms book: “In fidelity to, and in the context of their ancient places, his [Lyon’s] subjects preserve a hard-worn dignity. Clear your eyes and look.”



The question of identity is at the center of the series, both that of the onlooker who is asked
to reflect on the meaning of being an “American”, and that of the native american subjects whom the photographer often confronted with their own image. Using a large format Polaroid, LYON was able to show the pictures he was taking to the people pictured in them. In a number of the photographs, the subjects are seen holding their portrait made just minutes before. The pictures that make up Heart Butte are a serial documentary, a form that LYON pioneered and that helped create the “new journalism”.

Self-taught in photography, DANNY LYON initiated his career during the Southern Civil Rights Movement of the early 1960s as the staff photographer for the Atlanta-based Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. LYON’s involvement with the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club produced the cult book, THE BIKERIDERS. Also a writer and filmmaker, LYON has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation in filmmaking and photography. Last winter, the Art Institute of Minneapolis presented a retrospective of LYON’s work, DANNY LYON: PHOTOGRAPHS, 1962-2000.

DANNY LYON lives and works on a farm with his family in New York State.

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