No Business

Our interactions with art, especially process and concept, are often fleeting. In a world where what we see and experience is driven by want and immediacy, No Business Magazine encourages readers to slow down while exploring stories of artists and art-making.

Issue 1: Identity
Issue 2: Power Colors


What is — ?


In 1958, a jury for Philbrook Art Center’s annual exhibition wrote, “...the PAC show is mainly for the traditional style.”, followed by a note asking if the artist “could possibly consider doing the traditional style” for the show. These were remarks to Dancer Umine Wacipi by South Dakota artist Oscar Howe for a juried show specifically established to highlight Native American artists and indigenous works of art.

This exchange is as relevant today as it was 60 years ago. Who makes the rules for art, especially when it comes to indigenous, minority, and micro art movements? As large art institutions and galleries become torch-bearers for all “ART”, there needs to be a relentless push for knowledge and representation (with the right motivations) within these systems. With the help of the University Libraries at University of South Dakota, No Business Magazine is reprinting Oscar Howe’s letter to the Philbrook Art Center in response to the jury remarks.

Citation: Oscar Howe papers, Richardson Collection, Archives and Special Collections, University of South Dakota

We’re inviting Notes to the Editor in relation to Howe’s letter. Who gets to decide what is and what isn’t when it comes to art? Feel free to send your art thoughts.