People of the Southwest
A permanent exhibit depicting 11,000 years of the
cultural heritage of the Southwest.
A permanent exhibit tracing human origins back four
Woven Stories: Navajo Weavers in a Changing World
Weaving is an intimate and sacred part of Navajo life and culture. It involves hard work: raising sheep and goats, carding wool, dyeing wool and making time for weaving. Over the past 200 years, Navajo weavers have faced many changes in lifestyle and environment. How do weavers adapt to these challenges, and what is the future of Navajo weaving? To address these questions, co-Curators Catherine Baudoin and Gwen Saul worked with several Navajo weavers to create the Woven Stories exhibition. Weavers’ impressions and observations profoundly affected the direction of this exhibit, and many of the stories and observations from the weavers are included.
Twenty-one Navajo textiles and over forty photographs taken by John Collier, Jr. offer opportunities to reminisce, to re-negotiate the past and to make connections to the present. Despite the challenges weavers currently face, they continue to build upon their own weaving traditions in innovative ways.
Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX)
Diné artist/photographer Will Wilson brings his project Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX) to the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology from October 30th through January 31st in the Bawden Gallery at the museum. The portraits are taken using an old fashioned, large format camera and the historic wet plate collodion process. The particular beauty of this old photographic process references a bygone era and the historic images that continue to contribute to society’s collective understanding of Native American people. Wilson’s project sparks an intervention into this history of photography revealing the multidimensional nature of photography and the multiplicity of meanings and possibilities that photographs can generate.
A public portrait studio in action will take place at the Maxwell Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 7, 8, and 9th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
An Experiment in Viewing
Touch the digital images on our multi-touch table in the latest Maxwell Museum exhibition, An Experiment in Viewing. Curators Catherine Baudoin and Amy Grochowski selected a broad range of objects, culturally and geographically, along with photographs of people using similar objects in context.
This exhibition will give the visitor an opportunity to reflect on an object’s meaning and its journey through place and time. The viewer can imagine the creative process from idea and selection of materials, to construction and completion of piece. The multi-touch table allows the visitor to view the physical object in a digital format where its materials and construction can be seen in detail.
Contemporary Navajo Photographers: Present Tense
As the phrase implies, “Present Tense” locates a situation or event in present time. This exhibition, in an effort to counterbalance the weight of historic images of Native people by non-indigenous photographers, offers a glimpse into contemporary Navajo (Diné) life through the eyes of contemporary Navajo photographers. Their images locate Navajo life and culture firmly in the here and now.
This selection of work likewise allows for the contemplation of the complex, and at times fraught, mutual and parallel histories of anthropology and photography. Particularly as both have often been found together on display in the ethnographic, or anthropological museum.
Ten photographs by eight Navajo photographers, representing varying views and insights into contemporary Navajo/Native life, are on view. The Photographs are accompanied by the thoughts and words of the photographers themselves. Participating photographers include: Andrea Ashkie, Rudy Begay, Sherwin Bitsui, Jinniibaah Manuelito, Mihio Manus, Sam Minkler, Beverly Singer, and William (Will) Wilson.