The exhibition of the Museum of Indian Art and Culture opens on February 6
Unidentified Ancestral Pueblo Artist, Gallup Bowl Black on White, ca. 950-1150. The painted and hatched design of the toothed elements leaves similar shapes of unpainted clay. Photo by Blair Clark
SANTA FE – The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) announced the opening of the exhibition, Painted reflections: isometric design in ancestral Pueblo pottery, February 6, 2022, until March 12, 2023.
Explore the designs of ancestral and contemporary Pueblo pottery by visitingPainted reflections: isometric design in Pueblo pottery. Never before the subject of a museum exhibition,Painted reflectionsoffers new perspectives on the study of Pueblo art through an analysis of the visual structure of ceramic design.
Painted reflectionsemphasizes the sophisticated aesthetic qualities of Pueblo art through the study of reversible optical illusions and ambiguous figure-ground relationships. From around 900 AD, Ancestral Pueblo artists began producing new patterns on their ceramics – they painted pairs of patterns called isomers, or equal shapes. From a conventional point of view, these works appear as painted patterns on unpainted backgrounds.
But simultaneously, they also appear as unpainted images on painted backgrounds. The exhibition contextualizes isomeric design within broader artistic trends and trajectories, bridging the gaps between art history, anthropology and archeology, and includes examples of isomeric designs made by ancestral artists. and contemporary.
Painted reflectionsis co-organized by Joseph Traugott, Ph.D., retired curator at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Antonio R. Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), curator of ethnology at MIAC, and Scott G. Ortman, Ph.D ., associate professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado â Boulder. The exhibition is based in part onPainted reflections: isometric design in ancestral Pueblo pottery, a book written by the co-curators and published by the Museum of New Mexico Press in 2018.
âThe opening of Painted Reflections marks an important moment for MIAC. By presenting ancestral Pueblo pottery to the public in a fresh and nuanced way, Dr Traugott and his team encourage visitors to rethink what they think they know about Pueblo art, âsaid Dr Matthew Martinez, Ph.D. ., interim director of MIAC. director.
About the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the direction of the Board of Regents of the New Mexico Museum. The programs and exhibits are generously supported by the New Mexico Museum Foundation and our donors. The mission of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture / Anthropology Laboratory is to serve as a center of stewardship, knowledge and understanding of the artistic, cultural and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of the Indigenous Southwest.