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  • The Grand Canyon

    by James Nottage, vice president and chief curatorial officer | Mar 12, 2016

    The Grand Canyon is a place of extraordinary natural beauty, carved by the Colorado River over the last 6 million years. Diverse communities of indigenous people have called it home for thousands of years. It has also inspired generations of tourists, explorers and artists who have traveled to it from points across the globe.

    Grand Canyon

    The exhibit, The Grand Canyon, is a multidisciplinary presentation that uses art, history and culture to help visitors understand the interaction of people with this important area over time. Three primary themes are explored throughout the exhibit: the Grand Canyon as environment, the Canyon as a place of experience, and the Canyon as a place of expression through many art forms. The exhibit, media and public programs will work in concert to inspire and instill a sense of wonder in visitors, and allow them to explore the interwoven natural and human histories of the Grand Canyon.

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    A 50,000-year-old Harrington Mountain Goat skull.
    Courtesy Grand Canyon Park Service Collection.

    What will you see in the gallery? To learn about the environment, you will view fossils and other geological evidence of the natural history and formation of the region. Throughout the show, there will be Native American objects representing the 4,000-year history of a number of tribes that have called the space home and who still live there today.

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    4,000-year-old twig figures of deer.
    Courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection.

    Through a wide range of artifacts, visitors will learn about the experiences of Native peoples and those of the people who followed, including Spanish and American explorers, railroaders, artists, photographers, waitresses and a multitude of tourists. You will see great paintings commissioned by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to promote the Southwest and the Grand Canyon. Throughout, museum guests will experience film and still images that go even further in expressing the experiences and creativity of people trying to grasp the magnitude, beauty and astonishing realities of the Grand Canyon, a World Heritage site. On the lighter side, visitors will have photo opportunities to picture themselves in Canyon settings. You will also become aware of the threats that make preservation of the park a pressing challenge.

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    National Park Service Park Ranger uniform jacket and Stetson hat, 1930s-1950s.
    Loan courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection.
    Photograph by Hadley Fruits.

    The year 2016 happens to be the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Included in The Grand Canyon are early uniforms and hats of NPS personnel who serve to protect and to interpret the park. We are especially grateful that the National Park Service has made it possible to borrow many special items from the Grand Canyon collection to feature in the exhibition. Other special loans from the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, the Capital Group and Foundation, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, and many other museums and private collectors make the exhibition possible. The Eli Lilly & Company Foundation is the presenting sponsor.





  • Meet 2015 Invited Artist Mario Martinez

    by Ashley Holland, Assistant Curator of Native American Art | Nov 13, 2015
    Over the next few days, the Eiteljorg blog will profile the 2015 Fellows who will be featured in the upcoming Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition, CONVERSATIONS. An opening celebration for this exhibit will be held on Nov. 13. Details below!

    What follows is an excerpt from the invited artist statement of Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui). You can read more about the artist and his work in Mario Martinez: Reigning Yaqui of New York City by Jennifer Complo McNutt in the 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition catalog, available in the museum store.

    Mario Martinez
    (Pascua Yaqui)

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    My work has always been about nature and my inner response to it. Nature is also the basis for the original Yaqui religion before the introduction of Catholicism in the first decade of the 17th Century. The visual vehicle for my paintings, drawings, prints and murals, has been Western Modernism from its beginnings in the 19th Century to The New York School, and abstraction into the late 20th Century. To the present, our most ancient spiritual and ceremonial traditions honor the earth and the heavens. For the Yaquis, the Sonoran Desert is alive and has power.

    Mario Martinez-The Conversation
    The Conversation
    , 2004
    Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
    Collection: Eiteljorg Museum
    Photography by Hadley Fruits

    The Sonoran Desert has supernatural domains such as the Flower World (Sea Ania) and the Enchanted World (YoAnia). Those worlds are where our original spiritual and ceremonial traditions such as The Yaqui Deer Dance come from. The Flower World is nature at its most beautiful and the flower remains for the Yaquis the most potent symbol for nature and spirituality. Therefore, flowers keep reappearing throughout my long history of painting. Natural forms in my works appear through an intuitive process and seem to be my way to embed Yaqui cultural concepts into the great tradition of western modernist abstract painting.That said, abstraction in many forms has been present in all cultures throughout history. For me, the Sonoran Desert and Yaquiness have never left me and are ever-present even in New York City. The energy of city life influences my paintings and sometimes can even be seen in the structure of my work. The following is in the native realm and is in my own small way honoring nature: I talk to trees in New York City just like I did and still talk to the mesquite trees in Arizona.

    Mario Martinez-Superior Mindscape
    Superior Mindscape (for Robert Rauschenberg)
    , 2015
    Acrylic on paper
    Courtesy of the artist
    Photography by Hadley Fruits



    CONVERSATIONS
    runs from Nov. 14, 2015 - Feb. 28, 2016. Please join us for the opening of the exhibition on Nov. 13. The Eiteljorg Museum will honor the five Native Fellowship winners with an intimate gathering celebrating the artists. Guests will also enjoy a performance by Indigenous. End out the evening with the Contemporary Arts Party featuring Indigenous, Supaman, and DJ Kyle Long.

    Friday, NOV 13
    Opening Celebration!
    5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Celebration
    6 - 6:30 p.m.      Indigenous performs
    6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Program
    Cost: $40 [includes admission to Contemporary Arts Party]

    Contemporary Arts Party
    8 - 9 p.m             Indigenous performs
    9:45 - Midnight Supaman, DJ Kyle Long
    Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

    Click here to purchase your ticket.

    ABOUT THE EITELJORG CONTEMPORARY ART FELLOWSHIP
    Luzene is one of five 2015 Fellows and her artwork will be featured in the exhibition CONVERSATIONS: The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, opening Nov. 13. This biennial program recognizes the accomplishments of one invited and four juried Fellows, which are chosen by a panel of independent experts. As part of the Fellowship, each artist receives a $25,000 unrestricted cash award and their work is exhibited and further explored in an accompanying catalog. In addition, the museum purchases a total of over $100,000 worth of art from the Fellows for the permanent collection, adding to a body of work that has given the Eiteljorg Museum a collection of Native contemporary art that has been referred to as the “greatest in the world.”




  • Meet 2015 Fellow Da-ka-xeen Mehner

    by Ashley Holland, Assistant Curator of Native American Art | Nov 11, 2015

    Over the next few days, the Eiteljorg blog will profile the 2015 Fellows who will be featured in the upcoming Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition, CONVERSATIONS. An opening celebration for this exhibit will be held on Nov. 13. Details below!

    What follows is an excerpt from the artist statement of Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/Nisga'a). You can read more about the artist and his work in Da-ka-xeen Mehner: Looking into Himself by Aldona Jonaitis in the 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition catalog, available in the museum store.

    Da-ka-xeen Mehner
    (Tlingit/Nisga'a)

    Da-ka-xeen Mehner

    My work is driven by a need to find my place in the world today. I examine historical material, culture, systems placed upon Native people and contemporary cultural constructs to create work that comments on these themes.

    Dakaxeen Mehner-Call and Respond 1&2 (detail)
    Call and Respond 1 & 2 (detail), 2014
    Wood, rawhide
    Collection: Eiteljorg Museum
    Photography by Hadley Fruits

    I weave a personal narrative and historical forms together to deconstruct the past and create the artist space for future work.

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    Language Daggers, 2012
    Steel
    Courtesy the artist
    Photography by Hadley Fruits


    I am constantly striving to learn from the artwork itself. The creative process is a journey of self‐discovery, and I am always amazed at what I find.



    CONVERSATIONS
    runs from Nov. 14, 2015 - Feb. 28, 2016. Please join us for the opening of the exhibition on Nov. 13. The Eiteljorg Museum will honor the five Native Fellowship winners with an intimate gathering celebrating the artists. Guests will also enjoy a performance by Indigenous. End out the evening with the Contemporary Arts Party featuring Indigenous, Supaman, and DJ Kyle Long.

    Friday, NOV 13
    Opening Celebration!
    5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Celebration
    6 - 6:30 p.m.      Indigenous performs
    6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Program
    Cost: $40 [includes admission to Contemporary Arts Party]

    Contemporary Arts Party
    8 - 9 p.m             Indigenous performs
    9:45 - Midnight Supaman, DJ Kyle Long
    Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

    Click here to purchase your ticket.

    ABOUT THE EITELJORG CONTEMPORARY ART FELLOWSHIP
    Luzene is one of five 2015 Fellows and her artwork will be featured in the exhibition CONVERSATIONS: The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, opening Nov. 13. This biennial program recognizes the accomplishments of one invited and four juried Fellows, which are chosen by a panel of independent experts. As part of the Fellowship, each artist receives a $25,000 unrestricted cash award and their work is exhibited and further explored in an accompanying catalog. In addition, the museum purchases a total of over $100,000 worth of art from the Fellows for the permanent collection, adding to a body of work that has given the Eiteljorg Museum a collection of Native contemporary art that has been referred to as the “greatest in the world.”




  • Simple Pickling Recipe

    by Kahn's Catering | Executive Chef Sam Merenda | Nov 10, 2015

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    Click on the video to watch Kahn's Catering Executive Chef Sam Merenda demonstrates how simple pickling veggies can be. His recipe is listed below.

    Simple Pickling Recipe

    • 4 cups water
    • 2 cups white vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
    • 2 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
    • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
    • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • 2-3 large bay leaves
    • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
    • 6-8 cloves garlic
    • 1 sprig of fresh thyme, rosemary, sage

    In a sauce pot bring all ingredients to a boil for 5 minutes.  Place items to be pickled in the boiling water.  Depending on the texture and firmness of the product simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Remove product and place into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3 days before consuming.  Products can last up to one month before spoiling.  You can add any other flavor you might like into the pickling process, like ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon sticks or clove.  Enjoy!!!





  • Meet 2015 Fellow Brenda Mallory

    by Ashley Holland, Assistant Curator of Native American Art | Nov 09, 2015

    Over the next few days, the Eiteljorg blog will profile the 2015 Fellows who will be featured in the upcoming Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition, CONVERSATIONS. An opening celebration for this exhibit will be held on Nov. 13. Details below!

    What follows is an excerpt from the artist statement of Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation). You can read more about the artist and her work in Brenda Mallory: Ontology of Ripples by Heather Ahtone in the 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship exhibition catalog, available in the museum store.

    Brenda Mallory
    (Cherokee Nation)

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    Ecosystems, cultures, families, or individual lives that are under stress from outside influences have been the topic of much of my work. I often use natural, organic materials such as found cloth scraps and beeswax. I spend days sewing the same forms which I embed and coat with many layers of wax. The forms look like they might have grown out of the earth or have been found on a forest floor but they are connected with blackened nuts and bolts and other hardware to represent the meshing of the natural and industrial worlds. The contrast of crude mechanics and beautiful, natural forms opens the viewer to multiple levels of meaning, suggesting harshness and domination as well as tenuous connections that are fragile and likely to come apart. Most recently, I have been working with thread and line as a metaphor for life and life’s interruptions.

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    Undulations (Red), 2012
    Waxed cloth, nuts, bolts, welded steel
    Collection: Eiteljorg Museum
    Image courtesy the artist

    Often the damaged and repaired line is more beautiful than the pristine line. Sometimes it is stronger, sometimes weaker, but never the same.  I find beauty and solace in the necessity of repair, the evidence of the struggle, attempts at adaptation, and the healing act of pulling order from chaos.

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    Reformed Spools, 2015
    Deconstructed thread spools
    Image courtesy the artist

    Sometimes it is stronger, sometimes weaker, but never the same.  I find beauty and solace in the necessity of repair, the evidence of the struggle, attempts at adaptation, and the healing act of pulling order from chaos.


    CONVERSATIONS runs from Nov. 14, 2015 - Feb. 28, 2016. Please join us for the opening of the exhibition on Nov. 13. The Eiteljorg Museum will honor the five Native Fellowship winners with an intimate gathering celebrating the artists. Guests will also enjoy a performance by Indigenous. End out the evening with the Contemporary Arts Party featuring Indigenous, Supaman, and DJ Kyle Long.

    Friday, NOV 13
    Opening Celebration!
    5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Celebration
    6 - 6:30 p.m.      Indigenous performs
    6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Program
    Cost: $40 [includes admission to Contemporary Arts Party]

    Contemporary Arts Party
    8 - 9 p.m             Indigenous performs
    9:45 - Midnight Supaman, DJ Kyle Long
    Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

    Click here to purchase your ticket.

    ABOUT THE EITELJORG CONTEMPORARY ART FELLOWSHIP
    Luzene is one of five 2015 Fellows and her artwork will be featured in the exhibition CONVERSATIONS: The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, opening Nov. 13. This biennial program recognizes the accomplishments of one invited and four juried Fellows, which are chosen by a panel of independent experts. As part of the Fellowship, each artist receives a $25,000 unrestricted cash award and their work is exhibited and further explored in an accompanying catalog. In addition, the museum purchases a total of over $100,000 worth of art from the Fellows for the permanent collection, adding to a body of work that has given the Eiteljorg Museum a collection of Native contemporary art that has been referred to as the “greatest in the world.”
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