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Art Gallery: Four Centuries Of Pueblo Pottery

The Autry exhibit traces the craft's history.

PHOTOGRAPHY: POLYCHROME BOWL BY NAMPEYO (CA. 1901, 30.L.47) COURTESY SOUTHWEST MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN COLLECTION

Featuring more than 100 pieces of rare ceramics from the Autry’s Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, a new exhibit traces the dramatic transformation of Arizonan and New Mexican Pueblo pottery from the period following Spanish colonization in the 16th century to the present. Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery explores historical influences on the Pueblo pottery tradition from friends, trading partners, and enemies through the centuries.  

The exhibition addresses the ways in which contact with the Spanish and other groups affected Pueblo expression in pottery and the ceramic’s very purpose. Creating pots to meet the needs of their new neighbors, Pueblo Indians arrived at unique forms, including large bowls that allowed room for rising wheat dough and miniature pots that served as souvenirs, and experimented with modern patterns and glazes.

Organized by Pueblo language groups, the show features gorgeous examples by many acclaimed potters, both historic and contemporary, such as Maria and Julian Martinez, Juan Cruz Roybal, Nampeyo and her descendants, Tonita Peña Roybal, and Gladys Paquin.  


Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery is on view on Saturdays at The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mount Washington campus in Los Angeles. www.theautry.org

 

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