Melanie Yazzie art
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.

The University of New Mexico Art Museum hosts an opening reception for the Spring 2014 exhibitions Friday, Feb. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event features a blessing by Albert A. Yazzie starting at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony marks the opening of four new exhibitions on view through Saturday, May 17.

“Geographies of Memory” highlights the work of Melanie Yazzie, a compelling artist who incorporates her rich Navajo/Diné heritage into her art. Featured are a special body of Yazzie’s recent paper-pulp prints with photolithographic elements and her large-scale steel sculptures.

“400 Years of Remembering and Forgetting” focuses on the work of Floyd Solomon, an artist of Laguna and Zuni heritage. Solomon listened to his community’s history as told by elders while growing up, and these stories ultimately became the subject of his art. His series of 20 etchings explores the arrival of the Spanish and the effects the event had on the Pueblo people.

“The Blinding Light of History: Genia Chef, Ilya Kabakov and Oleg Vassiliev” features provocative paintings and drawings by the three major artists of the Russian Non-Conformist movement produced between the 1960’s and 2010’s, encompassing both the Soviet period and more recent events in Russia.

“Breakthroughs” is the 20th Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition, featuring the studio work of 16 UNM graduate students. The exhibit is juried by Miranda Lash, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA).

The UNM Art Museum is located in the Center for the Arts complex off of Redondo Drive near the UNM Bookstore. Parking is available at the Parking Garage, east of the Center for the Arts at Redondo Drive and Stanford.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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