March 18 - April 19, 1999
Victor Masayesva is one of the most original artists working today in the Southwest. His visually and intellectually complex layering of video and audio effects, still photographs and hand-painting contrast aspects of Native American cultures with the crippling perceptions and influences of white culture. In the last few years he has traveled to Australia, the Amazon and India to absorb the experience of other cultures. His work from the 1990s continues to explore these issues with a world view in mind.
Raised on Hotevilla on Third Mesa in Hopi, Masayesva graduated from Princeton University, majoring in literature and studying photography with Emmet Gowin. His work has been exhibited at the 1991 Whitney Museum Biennial, the New Museum in New York, the Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Art Institute and the Chicago Art Institute. Overseas his work has appeared in Japan, the Netherlands, France and the Soviet Republic.
The exhibition included Masayesva's first photographs dating back to 1971 and concludes with his most recent digital photographs which he alters with collage and paint.