News for Monday, November 2, 2009

Hopi Artist Michael Kabotie Mourned

Ascending from the Deep RememberingAscending from the Deep RememberingMichael Kabotie (Lomawywesa). Oil on canvas, 1999; SAR.1999-4-1; photograph by Addison Doty.Ascending from the Deep RememberingMichael Kabotie (Lomawywesa). Oil on canvas, 1999; SAR.1999-4-1; photograph by Addison Doty.

The School for Advanced Research mourns the passing of Hopi painter, jeweler, and writer Michael Kabotie (Lomawywesa).  Born in 1942, Kabotie was raised in the Hopi village of Shungopavi. A key figure in the history of Native art, he was a founding member of Artist Hopid, a group of painters that experimented in fresh interpretations of traditional Hopi art forms during the 1970s. He was also featured in numerous exhibitions and lectured extensively all over the world about his art.

In 1998, Kabotie participated in the SAR seminar, The Deep Remembering: The Art and Aesthetics of Southwest Indian Painting, then later the publication Indian Painters of the Southwest from SAR Press. In 2007, he returned to SAR to take part in American Indian Artists in Recovery: The Socioeconomic and Religious Issues Surrounding Art and Addiction. The Indian Arts Research Center holds several of his pieces in its collection.

Recently, Kabotie was named as the signature artist for the 52nd Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, which will be held in March 2010. He had created a special painting for the occasion to be used as the featured image for the market. At the time of his passing, he was also in the process of creating a series of new works for an upcoming exhibition.

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Kabotie passed away on October 23 in Flagstaff, AZ from complications of the H1N1 virus. He is survived by his older sister, Hattie Lomayesva; his children, Paul Kabotie, Wendell Sakiestewa, Claire Chavarria, Ed Kabotie, Meg Adakai and Max Kabotie; his partner, Ruth Ann Border; his ex-wife, Frances Fayssoux Kabotie; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his Hopi clan and blood relatives; and many friends worldwide. SAR offers its deepest condolences to his family and all those whom he touched in his lifetime.

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