Wednesday, April 20, 2016
In preparation for our ongoing 60th anniversary celebration, I have been sorting through the collections vault with our curator, Carmela Quinto, and have found some real treasures! My educational background is in Native American art history and my research interests focus on the art of the Southwest, so I must admit that I have been having a lot of fun enjoying the privilege of seeing all the amazing works in our archive. I was thrilled to find that the Millicent Rogers Museum's permanent collection includes an incredible amount of paintings by artists such as Quincy Tahoma, the Kiowa Six, Fred Kabotie, Awa Tsireh, Pop Chalee, Julian Martinez, Helen Hardin, and Joe Hilario Herrera (just to name a few). According to our curator, many of these paintings have never been exhibited, so naturally we decided to develop a new exhibit on the history of Native American painting in the Southwest.
Santa Fe Indian School Style: Works on Paper opens on April 30th and explores the development of a distinct style of painting that became synonymous with Native American artists in the early 1900s. We will also feature works by artists that were trained at the Santa Fe Indian School, but later departed from the school's stylistic conventions. Another aspect of the show that we are very excited about is that we are collaborating with Art Palacios, the current art instructor at the Santa Fe Indian School. As a way to support and inspire emerging artists, we will be highlighting a new work every month by current students at the school. If you would like to learn more about this show and see examples of the Santa Fe Indian School style before the exhibition opens, visit the exhibition's webpage.
Since the majority of the works that we are including in the show have never been exhibited, they had also never been framed, and we just received a big delivery of twenty-one newly framed works. If you would like to support our new exhibition's framing and installation costs, you can sponsor a painting by making a charitable donation of $100-250 here, in person at the museum, or by sending your contribution to P.O. Box 1210, Taos, NM 87571.