Few contemporary artists before the 1990s explored the negative impact of the Spanish in the Southwest, but unreflective celebrations of the Columbus Quincentennial brought about portrayals of a more complicated legacy of Columbus's arrival in the Americas--especially by Indigenous artists. Through a series of etchings, Floyd Solomon of Laguna and Zuni heritage undertook a visual recounting of Pueblo history using Indigenous knowledge positioned to reimagine a history that is known largely from non-Native records. While Solomon originally envisioned more than forty etchings, he ultimately completed just twenty. From nightmarish visions of the Spanish that preceded their arrival to the subsequent return of the Spanish and their continuing effects on the Pueblo people, Solomon provides a powerful visual record. These insightful, probing etchings are included in this important full-color volume showcasing Solomon's work and legacy. In Reimagining History from an Indigenous Perspective, Joyce M. Szabo positions Solomon among his contemporaries, making this vibrant artist and his remarkable vision broadly available to audiences both familiar with his work and those seeing it for the first time.
Joyce M. Szabo is the Regents' Professor of Art History Emerita at the University of New Mexico. She is a specialist in Native American art and museum studies and is the author and editor of several books, including Howling Wolf and the History of Ledger Art (UNM Press).
"Reimagining History from an Indigenous Perspective is a most welcome addition to the scholarly literature on modern and contemporary (Native) American art. Joyce Szabo offers a subtle and knowing iconographic analysis of Solomon's unique prints that is sensitive to Indigenous agency as well as to Solomon's materials and processes. Solomon's voice is heard throughout the book, enabling us to more fully understand his philosophical intentions."--W. Jackson Rushing III, author of Allan Houser: An American Master
"Reimagining History from an Indigenous Perspective is a thought-provoking exploration of the important work of memory keeping by artists in the Americas. Floyd Solomon's work deserves a broad audience."--Bill Anthes, author of Edgar Heap of Birds