Casas Grandes Resurgence: The Early Potters of Mata Ortiz
March 3, 2018 – June 23, 2018
The contemporary Mata Ortiz pottery renaissance began as an effort by villagers to replicate ancient Casas Grandes ceramic vessels. As time went on, the style evolved as potters began to include technical and aesthetic advances. Mastery of the craft and the styles of individual artists has led to a departure from traditional forms by some, creating the contemporary expression that is characteristic of Mata Ortiz pottery today. The exhibition is comprised of portraits of many of the early potters and participants of trade in the antiquities market and is taken from the work of Fabiola Silva, archaeologist, and Sterling Trantham, documentary photographer. The exhibit also features pieces from the Museum’s own collection of early Mata Ortiz pottery as well as the groundbreaking work of Diego Valles, a member of the next generation of Mata Ortiz potters.
Children of the Hisatsinom: The Artistic Tradition of the Hopi
March 17, 2018 – September 1, 2018
Since ancient times the Hopi people, or Hopituh Shi-nu-mu (the peaceful people) have lived in the Southwest, maintaining their sacred covenant with Maasaw, the keeper of the earth, living as peaceful farmers who are respectful of the land and its resources. Descendants the Ancestral Pueblo peoples, the Hopi continue to live following many of the old traditions that have been passed down for generations. The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase the many arts that the Hopi use to communicate elements of their culture and traditions to a wider audience. From basketry to pottery to the carving of beautiful katsina dolls, the Hopi continue to express their deep, rich history through the creative works of their artisans.