A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne – The Zuni World

September 13, 2015–January 10, 2016

Recent paintings by ten Zuni artists, which emerged out of the Zuni Map Art Project, are showcased in this exhibition. This initiative by the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center seeks to raise awareness about Zuni cultural landscapes by using art as a medium for mapping.  The two dimensional map art paintings show how Zuni see their own history, their ancestral migrations, their ancient homes, and the parts of nature that sustain them. They represent landscapes but also historical events, such as Zuni migrations and Zuni relationships to places throughout the Colorado Plateau. The maps also guide viewers through the cosmology of the Zuni world.  Zuni artists employ different mediums in their map art paintings, including oil on canvas, watercolor on paper, acrylic on canvas, and digital painting. The Zuni Map Art Project initiative was carried out by the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center between 2006 and 2013.


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