November 18 Lecture — Hewett and the Archaeology of Pueblo Painting

AwaTsireh_deerHim Old Ruins: Hewett and the Archaeology of Pueblo Painting by Dr. Nancy Owen Lewis

Nancy Owen Lewis has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and is currently a scholar in residence at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. She is the award-winning author of Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2016) and A Peculiar Alchemy: A Centennial History of SAR, co-authored with Kay Hagen (SAR Press, 2007). She has published five articles on the health seeker movement, including “High and Dry in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health,” which received the 2013 Gilberto Espinosa Award from the New Mexico Historical Review. She serves on the boards of the Historical Society of New Mexico (vice president) and the Historic Santa Fe Foundation and is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Painting, “Two Deer” by Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1932 or 1933, oil on canvas, 65 3/4 × 85 1/4 × 1 3/4 in., catalog number SAR.1978-1-216
Archaeologist Edgar Lee Hewett had a profound impact on art as it developed in New Mexico and beyond. During the early 1900s, he established a school and two major museums in Santa Fe, today known as the School for Advanced Research, the Museum of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Museum of Art. In addition to training the first generation of southwestern archaeologists, he provided jobs and studio space for Santa Fe’s first resident artists and played a key role in the development of Pueblo painting. He provided support for young Pueblo artists such as Fred Kabotie, Ma-Pe-Wi and hosted the world’s first exhibition of Pueblo watercolor painting. His role in establishing the Southwest Indian Fair, the precursor to today’s Santa Fe Indian Market, will be discussed, and the artists’ relationship with Hewett will be examined.

Admission to the lecture is $5 for adults; members of the Friends of CHS are FREE.

Where: DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum), located on Edmund Rd & Hwy 550, Bernalillo. (Turn between I-Hop & Warrior Fuel Station – follow the gravel road.
When: November 18, 2018, 2 pm

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