Without Reservations cartoon exhibit opens in Albuquerque


A witty, engaging, and provocative exhibit featuring the works of Cartoonist Ricardo Caté of Santo Domingo Pueblo will open in the Art Through Struggle Gallery inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, Mar. 17, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The exhibit is free with museum admission, and runs through Jan. 6, 2019. A special preview and meet-and-greet event with Caté will take place the evening prior for people with IPCC memberships.

Caté is known for "Without Reservations," the only Native American cartoon featured in a mainstream daily newspaper, which currently runs in the Santa Fe New Mexican and The Taos News. He grew up influenced by the cartoons of Don Martin and Sergio Aragonés in Mad Magazine and uses humor to show aspects of Native American life, comment on current and historical events, and to make people laugh.

"Right now it's the number one cartoon in Santa Fe," Caté said in a statement. "Of the thousands and thousands of readers, 80 percent are non-Native. This is a Native cartoon. I mean, how did that happen? When you're three times more popular than "Peanuts," I start thinking, 'Wow!'"

"Ricardo Caté is truly a treasure - first he makes me laugh, then he makes me think," said Monique Fragua (Jemez Pueblo), Vice President of Operations at IPCC. "Caté has a truly unique way of looking at life and connecting all backgrounds to the very real struggles of Native America. This is something we work to achieve at our center through the exhibits and stories that we share."

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