Pod Mound

Diego Romero, Cochiti Pueblo / American, born 1964
Cochiti Pueblo (Kotyete)
Southwest

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2010

Native clay and slip, kiln fired

Overall: 15 in. (38.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Kira Fournier and Benjamin Schore Sculpture Fund and the Hood Museum of Art Acquisitions Fund

© Diego Romero

2010.54

Geography

Place Made: Cochití Pueblo, United States, North America

Period

21st century

Object Name

Vessel

Research Area

Native American

Native American: Southwest

Not on view

Label

Cochiti artists representing three centuries created these works, each embracing the tradition of storytelling through Cochiti Pueblo design and ceramics. Two of the bowls, by unidentified makers, are somewhat similar in conception, with decorative rims and interior central imagery. One features painted clouds, rain, a bird, and a turtle; the other, shallower bowl has an abstract design. For the third bowl, contemporary artist Diego Romero combines Pop art and comic book imagery with elements from earlier Cochiti ceramics to depict figures constructing a mound from iPods.

Waking from their long slumber the little people have returned to find a post human landscape littered with our clutter; they are hard at work recycling our mess into a mound of monolithic proportion. —Diego Romero

From the 2022 exhibition Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, curated by Dillen Peace '19, Native American Art Intern and Sháńdíín Brown '20, Native American Art Intern 

Course History

WRIT 5, Expository Writing, William Nichols, Winter 2012

NAS 30.19, Indigistory, Gordon Henry, Fall 2019

NAS 30.21, Native American Art and Material, Jami Powell, Spring 2021

ANTH 3.01, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Sienna Craig, Winter 2022

Writing Program 5.24, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023

Writing Program 5.25, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023

Writing 2.06, The American Mosaic: Literature, Essays, and Memoirs from the Voices of the Subaltern, Doug Moody, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 8, 2011-March 12, 2012.

Native Ecologies: Recycle, Resist, Protect, Sustain, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26-August 18, 2019.

Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 22, 2022-March 12, 2023.

Publication History

John R. Stomberg, The Hood Now: Art and Inquiry at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2019, p. 55, ill. fig. 8.11.

Provenance

The artist, Santa Fe, New Mexico; sold to present collection, 2010.

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