Arizona Public Media highlights the grassroots community activism of our long time collaborator Terrol Dew Johnson.
“Terrol Dew Johnson is a complex figure living in multiple intersecting realities. He is perhaps most well known for his grassroots community activism with the group Tohono O’odham Community Action, which he helped found over 20 years ago. Johnson is also an accomplished artist with work in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Heard and the Smithsonian. This story catches up with Johnson in October 2016 after returning from Standing Rock as he prepares for a new exhibition with architecture and design firm, Aranda/Lasch for the Museum of Contemporary art in Tucson.”
Aranda\Lasch’s Shingling work made in support of More Trees. The Tsumiki Blocks are designed by Kengo Kuma. The More Trees project is conceived by Ryuichi Sakamoto to encourage sustainable forest regeneration.
Sam Lubell, “The New York architecture firm Aranda Lasch worked with Native American artist Terrol Dew Johnson to create Meeting the Clouds Half Way, a series of elegant coiled and woven structures that combine traditional materials like straw, grass, steel, copper, and horsehair with contemporary techniques like CNC milling.”
Meeting the Clouds Halfway featured in Wired Magazine Design section. January 27, 2017
On January 7th, students and families from Sells and Tucson, AZ, were invited to join award winning local basket weaver Terrol Dew Johnson in a hands-on learning experience as part of the current MOCA exhibition Meeting the Clouds Halfway. Participants learned about the traditional and contemporary Native American craft of basket weaving during a two-day workshop. Supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.