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What’s New Contemporary Native Artist Speak

Pottery with Jody Naranjo, Russell Sanchez, and Yellowbird Samora

April 14, 2013 2:00 pm through 3:00 pm

Pottery with Jody Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo; Russell Sanchez, San Ildefonso Pueblo;  Yellowbird Samora, Taos Pueblo.Lecture Series start at 2pm in the MIAC theater, seating is limited. This speaker series highlights artists in our newest exhibit "What's New in New: Recent Recent Acquisitions"

Jody Naranjo is a contemporary Tewa potter from the Pueblo best known for its potters, Santa Clara. Her grandmother, mother, and aunts, are all world-renowned for their pottery. Naranjo’s work blends contemporary images carved with an Exacto knife onto traditionally-made pottery. Her whimsical designs of women, which she calls "pueblo girls," and animals, are common themes in her work. She won best in show at the 2007 Eiteljorg's Indian Market and participates in the Santa Fe Indian Market, winning first prize in pottery at the 2011 Market. Naranjo was also an artist-in-residence at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

Russell Sanchez was born at the San Ildefonso Pueblo and lives there today. Russell was greatly influenced by his aunt, Rose Gonzales, and Dora Tse Pe. While hiking, he discovered the source for the unique green slips that have become a Sanchez color trademark. Lids shaped like bears and shells are signature motifs as well. His newest works include asymmetrical forms and large traditional water jar shapes. He has also begun building his popular bear forms in larger sizes, an exacting technical challenge. Russell has won numerous awards and honors in juried shows every year since 1978. He has works in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute, the Millicent Rogers Museum, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of Natural History (Los Angeles).

Yellowbird Samora, of Taos Pueblo, is "attracted to water," he says, to "fluid, liquid forms." He works "the shapes of traditional Pueblo pottery into something totally contemporary, with less emphasis on design and pattern than on the elemental form of the pottery. I try to leave something to the viewer to interpret. People say it looks like human forms; other viewers see moving water. I want it to have an organic feel--something of Pueblo pottery and something of what the viewer brings to it." 

This exhibition highlights new additions to the MIAC/LAB collections from recent years. The focus is on modern and contemporary Native art including paintings, monotypes, pottery and sculpture ranging from 1968 to 2012. Approximately 35 works will be featured representing artists such as Samuel Manymules, Marla Allison, David Bradley, Ambrose Atencio, Ross Chaney and Fritz Scholder.  

FREE admission for New Mexico residents on Sundays with ID, and always free admission for 16 and younger, and MNMF members.