Inscribed, in paint, on reverse, upper center: #Cornmaiden #Khapo #tewa #okuupin; inscribed, in paint, on reverse, middle center: Corn Maiden / #29; signed and inscribed, in paint, on reverse, lower center: OKuu PIN’ / TURTLE MOUNTAIN / N38
These works represent Native women seen through different lenses and in divergent styles. Cast in bronze (from an original in Indiana limestone), the figure in Allan Houser’s Taza stands upright, wearing an elegant shawl and bearing a contemplative gaze. One of the most prominent Native artists of the twentieth century, Houser is well known for his sculptures, which often include depictions of Native women. The effigy jar, made by a Tohono O’odham maker, merges a female figure with an ear of corn. The combination of womanhood and corn here conveys the importance of both subjects as symbols of survival and social organization. Similar in theme, Jason Garcia’s ceramic tile Corn Maiden #29 is a part of a larger series that depicts young women dressed for the Pueblo corn dance while also highlighting their contemporary lives. Here, a dancer leans against an adobe wall with a television antenna in the background.
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
ANTH 11, NAS 11, Ancient Native Americans, Nathaniel Kitchel, Fall 2019
ARTH 5, Introduction to Contemporary Art, Mary Coffey and Chad Elias, Winter 2020
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
Anthropology 55.01, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Spring 2023
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.
King Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico; sold to present collection, 2019.
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