E Pluribus Unum: Dinétah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition at the Navajo Nation Museum

Window Rock, Arizona

 

Opening Reception: July 12, 5–7 pm

Exhibition Dates: July 12, 2017 - May, 2018

The Navajo Nation Museum, Window Rock, AZ 86515

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In September 2016, artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman traveled to the Navajo Nation and surrounding areas to create the third project in the ongoing series E Pluribus Unum. These projects use their Axle Contemporary mobile art gallery as a photographic portrait studio. Over the course of two weeks, they created over 800 studio portraits. One copy of each was distributed to each participant; another was pasted to the exterior of the gallery-studio. A book was later published with all of the portraits, essays by the artists and by Navajo Nation Museum director Manuelito Wheeler, and a poem by Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Laura Tohe. The Navajo Nation Museum will exhibit all of the black and white portraits, images of the artists at work, and a life-size photograph of the mobile portrait studio.

 

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In 2016 we used our mobile art gallery as a natural-light, photographic portrait studio. This free portrait studio was open to all people in locations on and near the Navajo Nation for two weeks in 15 locations. In each portrait, the participant holds an object. We encouraged people to bring something with them that held some personal significance. Both the individual faces and the diverse objects speak to who the people are and the time and place of the photograph. Immediately after making the portraits, we printed two copies of each image, gave one to the participant, and glued the other to the exterior of the studio-gallery.

 

Over the course of the project we engaged over 800 passersby with free photographic portrait sessions, conversation, and participation in the creation of E Pluribus Unum: Dinétah. One final image, E Pluribus Unum, “from many one,” is all of the photos, each resized to line up the pupils of the eyes of the others in a digital stack of translucent layers. The final image is thus composed of all the portraits, in equal measure, creating one face that represents all who participated in the project: One soft, smiling, beautiful face. This image graces the cover of a book, which includes all of the portraits, essays by the artists and the director of the Navajo Nation Museum, a poem by the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, and photographs of the locations.

 

 

The Axle Contemporary free portrait studio was open to all people, in locations on and near the Navajo Nation from September 2 through September 13, visiting Gallup, Prewitt, Toadlena, Window Rock, Chinle, Shiprock, and Farmington.The entire project will be exhibited at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, AZ, opening on July 12th, 2017 and running through the end of the year.  A book has been published with the entire collection of over 800  photographs, writing by participants about the phrase “e pluribus unum”, and a singular image on the cover created by blending the hundreds of individual portraits. Copies of the book are available for free to all of the participants and to local libraries, and is also available for purchase at Axle Contemporary, The Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Art123 Gallery in Gallup, and online below or through most online booksellers.

 

The cover of the book is an image created by overlaying the hundreds of portraits from the project. This image is available as an archival editioned print at 16 x 20 for $500 (edition of 10). Contact us at 505-670-5854 or at info@axleart.com to order.

 

P R O G R A M for July 12th, 2017
at the Navajo Nation Museum


Manuelito Wheeler, Navajo Nation Museum Director 
Bidtah Becker, Division of Natural Resurces Director
Alton Joe Shepherd, Council Delegate
Peterson Zah, former Navajo Nation President
Matthew Chase-Daniel & Jerry Wellman, Artists

 

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EPU Dinetah at the Navajo Nation Museum

EPU Dinetah at the Navajo Nation Museum

EPU Dinetah at the Navajo Nation Museum

EPU Dinetah at the Navajo Nation Museum

EPU Dinetah at the Navajo Nation Museum

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E Pluribus Unum: Dinétah

Traveling photo studio in Gallup, New Mexico and on the Navajo Nation

Schedule

Friday, Sept. 2
Walmart, 1650 W Maloney Ave, Gallup, NM: all day

Saturday, September 3
Flea Market, 340 9th St, Gallup, NM: 9am-2pm
Community Pantry Garden Party, Gallup, NM: 2:30-4:00pm
Jerry's Cafe, 406 W Coal Ave, Gallup, NM: 5-8pm

Sunday, September 4
Camille's Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S 2nd St, Gallup, NM 10am-3pm
Coal Street Pub, 303 W Coal Ave, Gallup, NM: 6-9pm

Monday, September 5
Bi-County Fair, Prewitt, NM

Tuesday, September 6
University of New Mexico, 705 Gurley Ave, Gallup, NM: 10am-5pm

 

Wednesday, September 7
Toadlena Trading Post, Newcomb, NM: 10 am - 3pm

Thursday, September 8
Navajo Nation Fair, Gorman Hall, Window Rock, AZ: all day & evening

Friday, September 9
Navajo Nation Fair, Gorman Hall, Window Rock, AZ: all day & evening

Saturday, September 10
Navajo Nation Fair, Gorman Hall, Window Rock, AZ: all day

ArtsCrawl, downtown Gallup, NM: 7-9pm

 

Sunday, September 11

Tséyi’ Shopping Center, Chinle, AZ 12-5pm

 

Monday, September 12

Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Shiprock, NM 11am - 5pm

 

Tuesday, September 13

San Juan College, Farmington NM, 10 am-4pm.

Orchard Park, Farmington, NM, 4:30pm- Dusk

E Pluribus Unum: Dinétah book

Purchase online here or at Axle Contemporary

 

The book is the result of Axle Contemporary's mobile portrait project which took place on and adjacent to the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona in September, 2016. The book contains over 700 photographic portraits, images of the project in action, essays by the artists and Manuelito Wheeler, director of the Navajo Nation Museum and a poem by the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, Laura Tohe
 

 

ISBN/EAN13: 0996399119 / 9780996399111

Page Count:  286

Binding Type:  US Trade Paper

Trim Size:  8.5" x 11"

Arizona Highways article here.

Article on HuffPost HERE

Article in The Navajo Times HERE

Article in The Farmington Daily Times HERE

Article in The Gallup Independent HERE

Article at Forecast Public Art Review here.

Story on KOB 4 TV HERE

Review of the book on A Photo Editor HERE.

Article in New Mexico Magazine HERE.

Support for E Pluribus Unum: Dinétah comes from Axle Projects, The Navajo Nation Museum, The McCune Charitable Foundation, gallupARTS, The FUNd of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, The Native American Advised Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, The Kindle Project Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, ISE Cultural Foundation NY, Nova Corporation, Shiprock Santa Fe, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe Jewelers Supply, Toadlena Trading Post, and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.