Lucke collection Navajo pictorial weavings

May 1, 2015 – September 19, 2015

In 1880-1920, the Navajo wove modernity into their traditional rugs. Trains, trading posts, and soda pop all became part of the ever adapting and progressing Navajo narrative. The Lucke Collection of pictorial weavings offer a snapshot of reservation life, synthesizing tradition and popular culture.

[tabs] [tab title=”Image Gallery”] [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”9″ gal_title=”Weaving the Unexpected”] [/tab] [tab title=”About”] Weaving the Unexpected: Navajo Pictorials from the Lucke Collection showcases exquisite artistry and modern themes. The exhibition, located is in the Museum of Art s Jones-Boshard Gallery, includes photographs and text about the Navajo tradition of weaving rugs.

“This is one of the finest collections of Navajo pictorial weavings in the country,” said Marian Wardle, Curator of American Art at the MOA. “The exhibition allows viewers the rare opportunity to see these unexpected themes in Navajo weavings. When we think of Navajo weavings, we usually think of geometric designs – we don t think of trains, cars, cowboys, and soda. But these motifs were actually quite frequent at this time when the Navajo were adapting to the changes encroaching on their culture. These weavings are one way that the Navajo adjusted to the changes.”

Planning this exhibit is part of a class requirement for the students in the Graduate Curatorial Studies class at BYU, which Wardle co-teaches. Each student in the class also contributed an essay, all of which have been compiled into a book with the same title of the exhibition, Weaving the Unexpected: Navajo Pictorials from the Lucke Collection. This book is available for purchase at the Museum of Art Store.

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Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, May 1 | 10 AM – 4 PM
To celebrate the exhibition opening, visitors are invited to sample cornbread at the MOA and explore this unique new exhibition.
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