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Breakfast with the Curators: Tony Chavarria and Elysia Poon

Part of the Breakfast with the Curators collection

August 19, 2022 8:00 am

Pueblo Indian pottery has long been exhibited and interpreted in the academic and museum worlds through singular, often generic, points of view: as ethnographic remnants of the archaeological past or as fine art examples aligned with milestones in Western art history and culture.

But the launch of a unique traveling exhibition featuring over 100 historic and contemporary works in clay offers a visionary understanding of Pueblo pots as vessels of community-based knowledge and personal experience.

Originating in the cradle of the Indigenous Southwest, Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery is a rare exhibition curated by the Native American communities it represents. The project gives authority and voice to the Pueblo Pottery Collective, a group of over 60 individual members of 21 tribal communities who selected and wrote about artistically or culturally distinctive pots from two significant Pueblo pottery collections—the Indian Arts Research Center of the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe and the Vilcek Foundation of New York. The Santa Fe exhibition includes 11 pieces from the Laboratory of Anthropology, part of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

Organized by SAR and the Vilcek Foundation, Grounded in Clay debuts July 31, 2022, on unceded Tewa Indian lands at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe before traveling nationally in 2023. The exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the creation of SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center’s pottery collection in 1922.

Breakfast with the Curators is a series of lectures and artists presentations hosted by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture at Weldon’s Museum Hill Cafe in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tickets include a full breakfast and admission to the museum afterwards. Reservations are required. Tickets are $35/person ($30/person for MNMF members). Ticket proceeds directly support the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming funds.

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