Workshop: Communal Sand Painting, with Bert Benally, Thursday, 11/8 - Saturday, 11/10

Rock Garden, Second Floor

Artist Bert Benally will facilitate the creation of a communal sand-painting where participants can together identify an area causing disharmony and find a symbol or some kind of visual representation of the problem and another symbol or representation that corrects or addresses that problem. The participants can sand paint that onto the sand. The communal sand-painting will be created over the days of Thursday and Friday, with the final production available for viewing on Saturday.

Bert Benally is a Diné artist from the Navajo Nation now living in New York City, where he is a doctoral student at Teachers College at Columbia University. Benally recently collaborated with Chinese dissident artist, Ai Weiwei, on an artwork titled Pull of the Moon. It is a collaboration for Navajo TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment) and is located deep in the desert of the Southwest, amidst the dramatic scenery of Coyote Canyon. “Harmony” is at the foundation of the Diné philosophy of life and plays a central role in all of Benally’s work.


Thursday, 11/8, 1- 5pm, Communal Sand Painting

Friday, 11/9, 10:30am- 5pm: Communal Sand Painting

Saturday, 11/10, 12noon-7pm: Final Viewing & Discussion with Artist, 12:30pm to 1pm

Where: Rock Garden, Second Floor


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Last Updated: 6:43 pm, Tuesday, Oct 16 , 2018