Museum of Northern Arizona

Poetry Friday: Paintings and Poems, The Liberating Landscape Exhibit

Jun 12, 2020
Museum of Northern Arizona

The Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff had just opened its second annual Liberating Landscape exhibit when the pandemic hit, closing the museum and virtually everything else. The exhibit features the work of 6 female artists who were in northern Arizona between 1900 and 1940. It includes work by Hopi potter Nampeyo and painter Kate Cory, who traveled by herself from New York in 1900 to live, work and make art with the Hopi people. Also featured in the exhibit are poems by Northern Arizona University students, written in response to the artwork. It's a technique called “ekphrastic poetry.” With the museum still closed, and nobody able to enjoy the exhibit in-person, MNA took the project online. In this week’s Poetry Friday segment, we hear a montage of poems from the exhibit, with an introduction by MNA marketing director and poet Kristan Hutchison.

Courtesy of Ryan Singer

This month is the release of the latest “Star Wars” movie. “The Rise of Skywalker” is said to be the final chapter in the original saga, continuing the storylines of rebellion, dark versus light, endurance, and friendship. Those themes have long resonated with “Star Wars” devotees. That is uniquely true among Native American fans. From landscapes to survival skills to philosophy to imperialism, “Star Wars” speaks to the historical experiences of many Indigenous people. An art exhibit that reopens at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff Fri, Dec. 20 sheds light on those connections. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports on “The Force Is With Our People,” an all-Native-artist show.

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For more than four decades, Ulrike Arnold has traveled the world, painting abstract landscapes that look like topographical maps. She uses the soil and rocks she finds while in nature as her medium.

Sunday at 2:00, the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff will screen the documentary "Dialogue Earth," which profiles Arnold and follows her to places that inspire her, like her home near Flagstaff, the canyons of southern Utah and the U-S/Mexico border. The film will be followed by an artist Q and A.

She spoke with KNAU’s Zac Ziegler

Earth Notes: Pipestone—Red Argillite

Jul 24, 2019
Museum of Northern Arizona

For centuries, Native Americans have cherished a compact, fine-grained clay called pipestone. Its common name comes from their use of larger pieces of it to carve ceremonial pipes. 

Earth Notes: Convergent Lady Beetles

Nov 7, 2018
Gary Alpert

High on mountaintops in the fall, a curious gathering of insects occurs. Most people recognize them as the familiar ladybug or lady beetle.