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Melanie Yazzie: 'Finding Oneself Again and Again'

Presented by Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Colorado Springs CO

Aug 24
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Feb 23
Melanie Yazzie: 'Finding Oneself Again and Again'

This exhibition presents recent works created during the Mellon Foundation residency and over the course of a very productive time following her experience at Colorado Springs.

Melanie Yazzie is informed by the Diné philosophy of hozho — translated as blessings, beauty, and harmony. After experiencing illness, she challenged herself to create artworks that find ways to heal from and to balance the negative effects of settler colonialism that Indigenous people live with on a daily basis.

Her earlier works focused on calling attention to the harsh realities of racism, poverty, and loss of home territories. She continues to acknowledge these struggles, but now layers her artworks with recuperative images.

As a Mellon Foundation Artist in Residence at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College in 2018, Yazzie began using printing plates recovered from a 1939 book project about Diné healing practices. By layering the fractional images of the color-separation plates with her own iconography formed from memories of people and places, Yazzie asserts the ongoing significance of Indigenous knowledge.

This exhibition presents recent works created during the Mellon Foundation residency and over the course of a very productive time following her experience at Colorado Springs.

Melanie Yazzie is of the Salt Water Clan born for the Bitter Water Clan. As a printmaker, painter, and sculptor, Yazzie works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural, and political phenomena that shape contemporary lives of Indigenous people in the United States and beyond.

She often organizes collaborative projects with Indigenous artists in Aotearoa New Zealand, Siberia, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. She has exhibited in over 100 group and solo exhibitions in North America, Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Finland, France, and South Africa.

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INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*

  • Sep 20, 2019 at 10:00 am (Fri)
  • Sep 21, 2019 at 10:00 am (Sat)
  • Sep 22, 2019 at 10:00 am (Sun)
  • Sep 24, 2019 at 10:00 am (Tue)
  • Sep 25, 2019 at 10:00 am (Wed)
  • Sep 26, 2019 at 10:00 am (Thu)
  • Sep 27, 2019 at 10:00 am (Fri)
  • Sep 28, 2019 at 10:00 am (Sat)
  • Sep 29, 2019 at 10:00 am (Sun)
  • Oct 1, 2019 at 10:00 am (Tue)
  • Oct 2, 2019 at 10:00 am (Wed)
  • Oct 3, 2019 at 10:00 am (Thu)
  • Oct 4, 2019 at 10:00 am (Fri)
  • Oct 5, 2019 at 10:00 am (Sat)
  • Oct 6, 2019 at 10:00 am (Sun)
  • Oct 8, 2019 at 10:00 am (Tue)
  • Oct 9, 2019 at 10:00 am (Wed)
  • Oct 10, 2019 at 10:00 am (Thu)
  • Oct 11, 2019 at 10:00 am (Fri)
  • Oct 12, 2019 at 10:00 am (Sat)
  • Oct 13, 2019 at 10:00 am (Sun)
  • Oct 15, 2019 at 10:00 am (Tue)
  • Oct 16, 2019 at 10:00 am (Wed)
  • Oct 17, 2019 at 10:00 am (Thu)
  • Oct 18, 2019 at 10:00 am (Fri)
  • Oct 19, 2019 at 10:00 am (Sat)
  • Oct 20, 2019 at 10:00 am (Sun)
  • Oct 22, 2019 at 10:00 am (Tue)
  • Oct 23, 2019 at 10:00 am (Wed)
  • Oct 24, 2019 at 10:00 am (Thu)

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* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.

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Dates and Times

Friday, Sep 20

10:00 am at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Saturday, Sep 21

10:00 am at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Sunday, Sep 22

10:00 am at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Tuesday, Sep 24

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Wednesday, Sep 25

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