Altered Landscape 12

Michael Namingha, Hopi / American, born 1977



Digital chromogenic color print face-mounted to shaped acrylic

Overall: 26 3/4 × 37 5/16 × 1 in. (68 × 94.8 × 2.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Acquisition and Preservation of Native American Art Fund

© Michael Namingha



Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American: Southwest

Native American


Not on view


Signed, on label, on reverse, bottom edge, in black ink: Mike Namingha; Inscribed, on label, on reverse, printed above signature: Altered Landscape 12, 2021 / Digital C-Print Face Mounted to Shaped Acrylic / Edition of 3 / 28" x 38" x 1" / #1/3


While New Mexico sunsets are often characterized by deep orange-reds and dusky purples, on the day he took this image, artist Michael Namingha recalled the sunset was “searingly bright.” Altered Landscape #12 captures this remarkable phenomenon over the Jemez Mountains west of Santa Fe, which the artist later discovered was the result of atmospheric changes caused by forest fires in Canada. In his Altered Landscapes series, Namingha uses perspective shifts and shaped acrylic to create the illusion of three-di-mensionality within his photographic works that address issues of natural resource extraction in the Four Corners region. The results are hauntingly beautiful interrogations of the impacts of human intervention on the landscape.

From the 2022 exhibition This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art; Barbara J. MacAdam, former Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art; Thomas H. Price, former Curatorial Assistant; Morgan E. Freeman, former DAMLI Native American Art Fellow; and Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Exhibition History

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 20- July 24, 2022.


Niman Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; sold to present collection, 2022.

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