This visually dynamic exhibition, rich in color and symbolic meaning, looks at the work created by some of the Southwest’s greatest Native painters. The young artists who studied at Santa Fe Indian School, like Native students all over the country, were forced to leave their home and study in a government operated boarding school. For many, art became a way to maintain a relationship with their now distant sources of identity. They developed a distinctive style building on traditional symbolism and activities such as hunting, tending sheep and attending ceremonies. Featured artists include Awa Tsireh, Ma Pe Wi, Fred Kabotie, Otis Polelonema, Tonita Pena, Julian Martinez, Abel Sanchez, Harrison Begay, Quincy Tahoma, Andy Tsinajinnie, Allan Houser, Robert Chee, Ha So Deh, Pablita Velarde, and Beatien Yazz.

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  • Starting Saturday, November 17th, 2018, repeated every day until Monday, February 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


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