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Opening Reception – The Mary Morez Style

October 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Join us for the opening reception for The Mary Morez Style: Transformations of Tradition Friday, October 7, 2022, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian presents The Mary Morez Style: Transformations of Tradition in the Schultz Gallery, opening October 8, 2022 – March 12, 2023.

An innovative and influential figure in the Native American art field, Mary Morez, 1946-2004 (Navajo) is best known for synthesizing Navajo artistic traditions with modernism and semi-abstraction in what is known as the “Mary Morez Style.” A multidisciplinary creative, her work ranged from stylized paintings to realistic drawings depicting moments of daily Navajo life. She created book and record illustrations, textiles, and graphic design and was also an art consultant to the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art, now the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and a curator at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Morez lived most of her life in the southwest, primarily in Phoenix. Though she was adopted into a non-Native family after suffering from childhood polio, her deep connection to her Navajo family, life and culture is central to her art practice. Her work examines and celebrates the Navajo narrative and is intertwined with contemporary Indigenous feminist discourse.

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Mary Morez,1946-2004, (Navajo)
Study of a Navajo Woman, 1968-69
Charcoal on paper
From the collection of the Heard Museum, Gift of Mr. Byron Harvey III, IAC904
Photo: Courtesy of the Heard Museum


October 7
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Wheelwright Museum
704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505 United States
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