A pair of exhibits open today at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport:

"Wit and Whimsy: The Photographs of Kenneth Josephson" is an exhibition by the Chicago photographer best known for his witty images that explore the illusory nature of photography, according to a release by the Figge. 

The exhibit includes 42 photos including Josephson's best-known work, "New York State 1970," where the artist’s arm and hand are seen holding the image of an ocean liner against a backdrop of ocean, making it clear that neither ocean nor ship are “real” — both are just recognizable images.

"Wit and Whimsy" will be on display through Feb. 7.

"Peelatchiwaaxpaash/Medicine Crow (Raven) and the 1880 Crow Peach Delegation Contemporary" is a mixed media installation by artist Wendy Red Star.

Red Star creates multimedia works that explore Native American identity and the distance between romantic images of the Native American — such as those by Edward S. Curtis — and the world of Indians today, according to the Figge.

Raised on the Crow reservation in Montana, Red Star studied art at Montana State University and UCLA and now lives and teaches in Portland, Ore.

Her work will be on display through Jan. 17.

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