Abeyta | To’Hajiilee K’é (Pre-Order)


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Preface by  Jean Higgins, Museum Director

Essays by Tony Abeyta (Navajo), Kevin Gover (Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma), and Chief Curator Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo)

Studio Photography by Addison Doty

Size: 11″ W x 10″ H

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Abeyta To’Hajiilee K’é brings together for the first time the art of four members and two generations of the Abeyta family–father Narciso (1918-1998), daughters Pablita (1953-2017) and Elizabeth (1955- 2006), and son Tony (b.1965). Each is a recognized master in their field, and the exhibition presents their works in dialog with each other and the broader Native American arts movement.

The exhibition title uses the Navajo word K’é, meaning family, love, connection, and compassion, as it deepens understanding and appreciation of this family’s legacy. Though each artist has a distinct style and works in diverse media, including painting, sculpture, and silversmithing, all interweave common autobiographical narratives, complex Navajo beliefs and imagery, rich cultural histories, and explorations of art practice and storytelling, often with a keen sense of humor and intimacy. The works investigate intersections of culture and concept as they examine life on the Navajo Nation as well as the world outside of Navajo’s four sacred mountains, probing tribal and Indigenous memory associated with the land and contemporary life.