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Velma Kee Craig (Navajo, b. 1977) Bar Code/QR
Code, 2013 One-ply
commercial yarn, aniline dyes Heard
Museum Collection Image:
Craig Smith, Courtesy of the Heard Museum
Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo
11, 2021–January 2, 2022
How Color Changed Navajo Textiles will
open on September 11, 2021, and will run through January 2,
2022. Museum members will be invited to an Exhibition Preview on
September 10, 2021.
always been a hallmark of Navajo (Diné) textile design, with weavers’
individualism a running thread. With Diné perspectives and the
technical mastery of weavers at the heart of Color Riot!,
this exhibition—featuring 70 bold artworks from 1860–1930 and the
present—celebrates the courage and vision to experiment.
Color Riot! was organized by the Heard
Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Laura J. Allen, MAM’s Curator of Native
American Art, coordinated its presentation at the Montclair Art
An additional room in the installation, developed with
ArtTable Fellow Larissa Nez (Diné), highlights how weaving connects
to Diné cultural ideas and other artistic practices, featuring the
perspectives of musicians, boundary-pushing artists, and wearers of
Navajo textiles as heritage and fashion, among others.