400 Years of Remembering and Forgetting: The Graphic Art of Floyd Solomon

On view in the Van Deren Coke Gallery February 8 – May 17, 2014
With an opening reception, Friday, February 7, 6 – 8 pm, preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm.*

400 Years of Remembering and Forgetting focuses on the work of Floyd Solomon (1952-2008), an artist of Laguna and Zuni heritage.  Growing up at Laguna Pueblo, Solomon listened to his community’s history as told by elders; these stories filled his life and ultimately his art. Among these stories were those concerning the dark events that came with the arrival of the Spanish in the late sixteenth century.

Solomon undertook a visual recounting of Pueblo history from his own knowledge of the past, an indigenous way of knowing positioned to re-imagine history that is largely based on non-Native records.  This was a personal understanding that grew deeper and more comprehensive through his art.  He effectively moved beyond the stereotypical accounts of the early confrontations with the Spanish, instead providing a more complete record of the destructive days from initial Spanish contact. His series of twenty etchings exploring the arrival of the Spanish, the effects this monumental event had on Pueblo people, and subsequent reactions, was initially titled Crucifixion of a Culture.

Curated by Joyce Szabo and Siegfried Halus.

<b>Floyd Solomon</b> (American, Laguna/Zuni, 1952-2008); <i>1692 – The Return of Death</i>, 1995; etching; 6 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches; Loan from the Estate of Floyd Solomon; Image UNM Art Museum © Estate of Floyd Solomon.

Floyd Solomon (American, Laguna/Zuni, 1952-2008); 1692 – The Return of Death, 1995; Etching; 6 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches; Loan from the Estate of Floyd Solomon; Image UNM Art Museum © Estate of Floyd Solomon.

<b>Siegfried Halus </b>(American, born Austria, 1943); <i>Floyd Solomon</i>, 1994; gelatin silver print; 15 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches; Courtesy of the artist; Image UNM Art Museum; © Siegfried Halus.

Siegfried Halus (American, born Austria, 1943); Floyd Solomon, 1994; Gelatin silver print; 15 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches; Courtesy of the artist; Image UNM Art Museum; © Siegfried Halus.

<b>Floyd Solomon</b> (American, Laguna/Zuni, 1952-2008);<i> A Salute to Archeology</i>, 1992; etching; 9 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches; Loan from the Collection of Siegfried Halus; Image UNM Art Museum © Estate of Floyd Solomon.

Floyd Solomon (American, Laguna/Zuni, 1952-2008); A Salute to Archeology, 1992; Etching; 9 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches; Loan from the Collection of Siegfried Halus; Image UNM Art Museum © Estate of Floyd Solomon.

Main image:

Floyd Solomon (American, Laguna/Zuni, 1952-2008); Erasing the Culture; Renaming the Children, Tribes and Land, n.d.; Etching; 4 3/4 x 6 7/8 inches; Loan from the Estate of Floyd Solomon; Image UNM Art Museum © Estate of Floyd Solomon.

*members’ previews are open to Sustaining Members and higher of the UNM Art Museum.