Indian Spring

The Denver Botanic Gardens has increasingly embraced art as part of its mandate, and last month, Story Keeper, dedicated to the work of American Indian artist and University of Colorado art professor Melanie Yazzie, opened in the indoor gallery.

“[It’s] the perfect fit to kick off the DBG’s American Indian focus this year,” says DBG’s manager of exhibitions, Kim Manajek. “Given her interest in the natural world, we’re very proud to host this new body of work that reflects the connections she’s felt being at the Gardens. She’s drawn from her memories both in her travels as an international artist and from her childhood on the Navajo Reservation.

“One of Melanie’s talents is her ability to bring humor to the serious challenges of what it means to be indigenous today,” Manajek adds. “Just like Melanie’s own magnetic personality, the works are colorful, whimsical and funny without being vapid or cynical.”

Tonight, Yazzie will discuss her oeuvre in the Gates Garden Court Gallery beginning at 6 p.m.; there is a suggested donation of $10. The DBG is located at 1007 York Street. For information, call 720-865-3500 or log on to www.botanicgardens.org.
Thu., March 10, 6 p.m., 2011

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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