This luxury Utah resort’s gorgeous pop-up exhibit features Indigenous artist

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  • Published on March 20, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Culture

Amangiri's first pop-up exhibition, which debuted March 15, focuses on Indigenous stories.

Art and hospitality go hand-in-hand. By creating a one-of-a-kind vibe and imparting knowledge about local artistic traditions, art has the potential to enrich the stay of any visitor. In light of this, the 900-acre luxury resort Amangiri, located in a remote desert valley in Canyon Point, Utah, has collaborated with The Heard Museum in Phoenix to create its first-ever partnership for a pop-up exhibition, which debuted March 15.

The Heard Museum in Phoenix is a well-known cultural center with a mission to share and preserve Indigenous art with the rest of the world. The event at Amangiri coincides with the museum’s newest exhibit, “Substance of Stars,” which features artwork centered on “the creation stories and sky knowledge of four Indigenous communities,” according to Travel + Leisure.

Steven J. Yazzie, a multidisciplinary artist who grew up 16 miles southeast of the resort in a Navajo nation town, has a collection of photographs on display at Amangiri from now until May 31. Yazzie is Diné, which is how the Navajo people refer to themselves. The Heard Museum will be highlighting a handpicked collection of stills from Yazzie’s videos, which can be enjoyed by Amangiri guests. The works are an ode to the breathtaking scenery that surrounds Amangiri, and an attempt to forge “a deeper connection with the natural world and the infinite expanse of the cosmos.”

A stunning image of New Mexico’s Shiprock under a starry sky, titled “Throwing Stars Over Monsters,” is one of the pop-up shop’s highlights. The Shiprock, also known as Tsé Bita in Navajo, is a volcanic eruption-induced 7,177-foot rock formation. The story of Coyote, a cunning creature who threw a bag full of stars into the sky to create the Milky Way, serves as the source of inspiration for the piece, which is based on Navajo mythology.

“This is the first time since Amangiri’s opening that we welcome a pop-up exhibition on property, and we could not think of a better partner than The Heard Museum to curate a unique selection of artworks from [Yazzie],” Audrey Huttert, the general manager at Amangiri, said in a release. “We are delighted to add The Heard Museum’s world-renowned expertise in Native American arts to our cultural programming as we are committed to share the rich traditions of our local community with our guests.”

T+L also notes that Yazzie’s work “explores the complexities of the post-settler colonial Indigenous experience as it relates to personal identity, community relationships, and the essential connection to the land as the source of life, stories, conflict, and healing,” per Yazzie’s website.

The “Substance of Stars” exhibition, which opened at Phoenix’s Heard Museum on November 6, 2022, features both newly commissioned and previously unexhibited works by contemporary Indigenous artists.