Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally Create ‘Pull of the Moon’

Navajo artist Bert Benally. Courtesy photo

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Courtesy photo

NMA News:

Ai Weiwei, internationally-acclaimed Chinese dissident artist, in a remarkable collaboration with Navajo artist Bert Benally, will create “Pull of the Moon,” a temporary, site-specific art installation in a remote part of Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation. 

The project is part of Navajo TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment), a unique partnership between New Mexico Arts and the Navajo Nation Museum. The installation will feature earth-based drawings using sand.

“The concept is based on Navajo aesthetics,” Benally said, “…the idea that for the Navajo, art is more about the process rather than the finished product.”

A free public launch event for “Pull of the Moon” is 5-7 p.m., July 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in Santa Fe, Alan Houser Park, and will feature a live performance by German sound artist Robert Henke and Bert Benally, based on sounds captured at Coyote Canyon during the installation.

A documentary film entitled “The Making of the ‘Pull of the Moon” by Daniel Hyde and Blackhorse Lowe highlighting the collaboration between Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally at Coyote Canyon opens 5-7 p.m., July 16 and runs through Oct. 16 at MoCNA. A 3-D modeling digital landscape has also been created by xRez Studio, Inc., and can be viewed in either 2-D or 3-D formats July 16 through Oct. 16 at MoCNA.

An exciting immersive full dome experience of the digital landscape based on “Pull of the Moon” will be presented 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at Museum Hill in Santa Fe.

New Mexico Arts intends to tour the dome around the state. All events at MoCNA and Museum Hill are free and open to the public.

Concept for ‘Pull of the Moon.’ Courtesy photo

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