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San Ildefonso male potters are largely considered an anomaly, a 20th century change that correlates with the modern market for Pueblo art pottery. But this misconception of men not being potters previous to recent times relies on a constructed concept built from non-Pueblo logic and ideas about pottery manufacture, design, and division of labor. When we view pottery from a more Tewa perspective, male potters begin to emerge.
Pueblo pottery often is saddled with false narratives that were constructed to sell pottery, help it conform to consumer culture’s ideals of art, and impose Western art production and gender roles onto Tewa people. This presentation will illustrate some of the contributions of male potters from the mid-18th to early 20th century.
Bruce Bernstein is a distinguished Native arts scholar, publishing broadly and curating over 100 exhibitions. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Coe Center for the Arts, Santa Fe, and as the Pueblo of Pojoaque Historic Preservation Officer. He previously has served as a director at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and Santa Fe Indian Market. Bernstein’s presentation is part of a book project and current research on behalf of and about Tewa pottery, 1600-1930.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Tickets are $5 to $12; students with valid ID are free.
Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society, a DAM support group.
Image: Tewa artist, Polychrome Jar, about 1800. Clay and paint. Gift of Wilda H. and James W. Swift, 2015.239