Originally a spin-off of the Objects of Art Santa Fe show, the Antique American Indian Art Show brings together the world’s most knowledgeable experts in the field, offering hundreds of select historic art objects from Indigenous cultures throughout the United States and Canada. A recent addition to the title is the byline, “100+ years of Indigenous Masters,” to honor and celebrate the past 100 years of masters and their forebearers.
Included in the exhibition, held at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, are pieces of art by known masters – from pottery, baskets, textiles, and jewelry, to beadwork, carving, sculpture, kachinas, and fine art. Also featured are two special exhibitions.
The first exhibition is Variations on a Loom, Master Navajo Weavers from Crystal Trading Post During the J.B. Moore Era, curated by Anne and Robert Smith. The Smiths have the most complete collection of J.B. Moore rugs in the world today, and this exhibition will feature over 50 pieces. J.B. Moore – who established the Crystal Trading Post in 1896 – is credited for his influence on the design and marketing success of Indigenous rugs, using catalogs to reach consumers throughout the United States. These rugs are now one of the most coveted and hard to find Navajo textiles.
The second exhibition is Looking Forward Through the Past: Contemporary Native American Art, curated by James Trotta-Bono. Presenting a cross-section of artwork by Native artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, this exhibition presents dynamic cross-cultural dialogues examining our past and reinterpreting our shared future. The hope is to continue the narrative of ancestral knowledge within the larger art community.
Celebrate 100+ years of Indigenous masters at the American Indian Art Show, at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, August 11 – 14, 2022, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This summer, the event introduces a virtual show alongside the live in-person presentation. A Virtual show will run alongside the live in-person presentation, August 11 – 13, and will feature special exhibitions and interactive lectures. A benefit preview will be held Monday, August 11, 6 – 9 p.m. For more information, visit the website, or call 505-570-3220.This article was posted by Olivia