Melanie Yazzie: Geographies of Memory

On view in the Main Gallery February 8 – May 17, 2014
With an opening reception, Friday, February 7, 6 – 8 pm,
with a blessing by Albert A. Yazzie at 6:30 pm,
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm.*

The UNM Art Museum announces the launch of a new biennial solo exhibition series, which will feature the work of significant established or emerging contemporary indigenous artists. Melanie Yazzie: Geographies of Memory, will inaugurate the series in Winter/Spring 2014.

Highlighting the art of printmaker and sculptor Melanie Yazzie, whose compelling works of layered images draw upon her rich Navajo/Diné heritage, Melanie Yazzie: Geographies of Memory includes examples of the artist’s monotypes, woodblock prints, lithographs and etchings. A special body of Yazzie’s recent paper-pulp prints with photolithographic elements, as well as selections of her large-scale steel sculptures and smaller works in bronze, will also be featured in the exhibition, along with a body of her recent gouache drawings. Yazzie’s works enigmatically weave together geographic, cultural, and autobiographical images and referents, transporting the viewer into spaces and places of memory and imagination.

Curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, UNM Art Museum

<b>Melanie Yazzie</b> (American, Navajo/Diné, b. 1966)<br> <i>Early,</i> 2012;<i> </i> Mixed media monotype with gouache; 22 ¾ x 15 1/8 inches; Courtesy of the artist; © Melanie Yazzie; Photo: Margot Geist.

Melanie Yazzie (American, Navajo/Diné, b. 1966)
Early, 2012; Mixed media monotype with gouache; 22 ¾ x 15 1/8 inches; Courtesy of the artist; © Melanie Yazzie; Photo: Margot Geist.

<b>Melanie Yazzie</b> (American, Navajo/Diné, b. 1966)<br /><i>Making the Connection</i>, 2005;<i> </i>Mixed media drawing; 19 5/8 x 27 ½ inches; Courtesy of the artist; © Melanie Yazzie; Photo: Margot Geist.

Melanie Yazzie (American, Navajo/Diné, b. 1966)
Making the Connection, 2005; Mixed media drawing; 19 5/8 x 27 ½ inches; Courtesy of the artist; © Melanie Yazzie; Photo: Margot Geist.

<b>Melanie Yazzie</b> (American, Navajo/Diné, b. 1966) <br /><i>He Died Before Coming Home, </i>1994;<i> Monotype; 22 1/4 x 29 7/8</i> inches<i>; </i>Courtesy of the artist; © Melanie Yazzie; Photo: Margot Geist.

Melanie Yazzie (American, Navajo/Diné, b. 1966)
He Died Before Coming Home, 1994; Monotype; 22 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches; Courtesy of the artist; © Melanie Yazzie; Photo: Margot Geist.

Main Image:

Melanie Yazzie (American, Navajo/Diné, b. 1966)
Crow, 2013; Monotype; 30 1/8 x 42 ½ inches; Courtesy of the artist; © Melanie Yazzie; Photo: Margot Geist.

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