artist Dan Namingha, of the Hopi-Tewa Tribe, was among five American
Indian artists nominated by W. Richard West, founding director of
the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of the American
Indian, to represent Indians in an unprecedented global cultural
event the TIMOTCA project. Namingha will join some 45 artists
representing 45 nations to date.
The International Museum of 21st Century Arts, is an international
nonprofit corporation founded in 1980 to foster peace and cultural
understanding through the universal language of art. TIMOTCA is
premised on the belief that art transcends national borders, inter-cultural
differences and racial distinctions, uniquely touching a peaceful
and humanistic quality in all of us, expanding our potential to
move beyond historic fears toward higher spiritual and evolutionary
every country art has been used to communicate feelings, manifest
dreams and mark humanitys progression through history. Believing
the universal language of art speaks to us across cultures and across
centuries, TIMOTCA will demonstrate that by experiencing art everyone
will appreciate the bond that makes the people of the earth more
alike than different.
the worlds rich and extraordinarily diverse cultures, TIMOTCA
will provide an unprecedented forum for painters, sculptors, writers,
photographers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and artisans, offering
a unique opportunity for the exploration, development and distribution
of international cultural programs promoting understanding and peaceful
mission is to present the visual and performing arts of all nations
and cultures of the world. To date 65 nations, now including the
American Indian nation, representing a broad spectrum of cultural,
political and philosophical diversity have been visited and officially
invited to participate all have accepted.
artist is selected to represent each country, contributing an original
painting for the TIMOTCA permanent collection and international
touring exhibition, Art Beyond Borders.
exhibition premiered at United Nations Headquarters, New York under
the sponsorship of UNESCO and has been exhibited at UNESCO Headquarters,
Paris, World Expo, Lisbon and the Las Vegas Art Museum. Namingha
contributed a painting titled Passage & Symbolism XI.
carries a strong family tradition of artistic expression into its
15th generation. His great-great-grandmother, Nampayco, is credited
with rekindling the art of Hopi pottery, which his mother and sister
continue. He was born in Keams Canyon, Ariz. in 1950 and studied
at the University of Kansas, Institute of American Indian Arts,
Santa Fe, N.M. and the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Ill.
Naminghas paintings and sculptures are among the most powerful
abstract artwork being created in the Southwest today, said
Museum of Northern Arizona Director Dr. Robert Breunig. His
abstract figures allude to the timeless nature of life on the Colorado
Plateau and the unity of the spiritual and physical worlds.
a process of fragmentation and assembly I visually condense my subject
matter to convey the greatest artistry with minimal elements,
Namingha said of his work. Landscapes and ancient Hopi symbols,
ancestors from his homeland, spirit messengers, kachinas carrying
blessings, cloud people, and other abstracted spiritual imagery
take form among his signature surface textures. I see myself
as a kind of bridge between worlds, trying to find that center line
of balance. Its not always easy, but I dont think its
easy for any human being.
is fascinated with dualities and where they meet physical
and metaphysical, night and day, dark and light, life and death,
human and divine and with recurring themes of kachinas, First
Mesa, and the Hopi migration story. Naminghas works are in
private collections around the world and he has had numerous one-person
exhibitions in the United States and Europe, receiving many awards
support of TIMOTCAs capital campaign, each painting contributed
will be published as limited editions of 300 hand-signed and numbered
museum quality fine art prints for the world market and offered
as a special benefit of charter membership in TIMOTCAs Founding
Circle of Angels. Naminghas work is among the first
group of five artists being published, the other artists represent
Iran, Israel, Japan and Russia.
first 150 prints of Passage & Symbolism XI will
be hand embellished by the artist, and charter members receiving
them will get an invitation for two to meet Namingha at a gala concert
and dinner in his honor.
& Symbolism XI is destined to be one of Naminghas
most important works, as it is the image representing American Indians
in a global cultural event. TIMOTCA will officially present an artist
proof of the painting to NMAI for its permanent collection.
become a charter member or make a donation visit www.timotca.org.
Of the proceeds from the 300 memberships, $50,000 will be donated
to the American Indian Education Foundation.
before has there been so great an opportunity for Native Americans
to share their cultural achievements and heritage with the world,
while revealing American Indians as independent, sovereign nations.
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