Looking just beneath the larger jar’s widest point, do you see the black stripes painted in a shell-shaped pattern? As if falling from the sky above, these abstracted rain clouds represent the importance of water in the Acoma Pueblo community, located in the colonized state of New Mexico. Water’s significance, preservation, and storage remain important today for the Acoma Pueblo and their neighbors, as suggested by the clouds adorning the smaller and more contemporary Santa Clara Pueblo bowl by Adam Speckled Rock.
How does water’s portrayal on these jars reflect communal relationships to water? How do these relationships relate to or differ from those portrayed in the paintings hanging nearby?
From the 2023 exhibition Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, curated by Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art
First Year Student Enrichment Program - Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Francine A'Ness, Summer 2023
Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, Israel Sack Gallery and the Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 29, 2023-June 16, 2024.
Mary C. Rohr, Stowe, Vermont; given to present collection, 2017.
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