"Weaving a Revolution," a special exhibit appearing at the Natural History Museum of Utah now through April 28, tells the story of a renaissance of Navajo basket weaving that has taken place over the past thirty years in the Utah strip of the Navajo reservation near Monument Valley.
"Weaving a Revolution" features more than 150 works of art created by basket makers from the Monument Valley, Utah area. A cluster of families--the Blacks, Bitsinnies, and Rocks--have combined tradition and innovation, continuing to make ceremonial baskets and also creating original patterns to tell their own stories. The result is a stunning display of color, artistry and history that's uniquely Utah.
For President's Day weekend, NHMU is planning special events highlighting the "Weaving a Revolution" exhibit:
- Acclaimed weaver Elsie Holiday will demonstrate basket weaving techniques Saturday through Monday, Feb. 16-18, from 12-4 p.m. each day.
- Students from the University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance will collaborate with museum visitors to create "Dancing a Revolution," an original, one-of-a-kind dance performance inspired by the baskets. Saturday, Feb. 16 at 12 noon.
301 Wakara Way
Special exhibit included with museum admission
Adults $11, Seniors 65 and over $9, Youth 13-24 $9, Children 3-12 $8, Children 2 and under free.
Free for museum members and University of Utah students, faculty and staff with valid ID
Photo by Marsha Maxwell