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Heart Lines: Expressions of Native North American Art

September 6, 2013 - December 21, 2013

Heart Lines: Expressions of Native North American Art features artwork from the CU Art Museum’s Permanent Collection and from Melanie Yazzie’s extensive private collection, as well as a multimedia installation by C.Maxx Stevens.  

Artists featured in the exhibition include Norman Akers, Maile Andrade, Kenojuak Ashevak, Pitseolak Ashoona, Corwin Clairmont, Jimmie Durham, Joe Feddersen, Craig George, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Imoona Karpik, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Larry McNeil, Kay Miller, Norval Morrisseau, Harinani Orme, Laura Shurley-Olivas, Kananginak Pootoogook, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Shawna Sunrise, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Kay WalkingStick, Marie Watt, Will Wilson, and Melanie Yazzie.  

The works on view explore themes of history, politics, cultural memory and persistence, the significance of landscape and place for Native communities, animal relationships, contemporary urban experience, and the continuing relevance of cultural traditions.    

Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Native American (b.1954)[+]
Super Seminole
25 x 15 inches

Collection of Melanie Yazzie; Photo: Jeff Wells / © CU Art Museum; © Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie

Kay WalkingStick, Native American (b.1935)[+]
Night Magic
lithograph and hand color (hand tipped gold)
20 ¼ x 26 inches

edition 1/10; Collection of Melanie Yazzie; Photo: Jeff Wells / © CU Art Museum; © Kay WalkingStick

Kenojuak Ashevak, Inuit (1927-2013)[+]
Bird of the Summer Land from the portfolio “Relief Prints by First Nation Artists, 1973-1980”
stone cut and stencil
24 1/4 x 30 5/8 inches

edition 9/50; Gift of Dr. Gerald Nearhood, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 95.07.06; Photo: Jeff Wells / © CU Art Museum; © Kenojuak Ashevak

Will Wilson, Native American (b.1969)[+]
Melanie Yazzie, Citizen of the Navajo Nation, Associate Professor, Printmaking, University of Colorado Boulder
pigment print
54 x 44 inches

edition ¼; Collection of Polly and Mark Addison; Image courtesy the artist / © CU Art Museum; © Will Wilson