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Native North American Art

Art in Context

Mondays, September 11 – October 9, 6 – 8pm

San Ildefonso Pueblo. Storage Jar, c. 1780. A389. Photo © 2017 The Barnes Foundation

4 classes
$200; members $180.

About the Class

In the early 20th century, southwestern Native American art held a special attraction for American collectors, including Dr. Albert Barnes. Traveling to New Mexico in 1930, Dr. Barnes was enchanted by the Pueblo ceremonial dances and purchased numerous art pieces for his collection.

Inspired by the Pueblo ceramic water jars, colorful geometric Navajo blankets, hand-wrought silver and turquoise concho belts, and squash-blossom necklaces in the Barnes collection, this course introduces the cultural and artistic roots of the southwestern Santa Fe style, contextualizes Native American influences on modern art, and explores the living legacies of Native American material culture.


Lucy Fowler Williams, PhD, is associate curator of American collections at the Penn Museum.  Her recent projects at Penn include the exhibit Native American Voices: The People Here and Now and the Louis Shotridge Tlingit Digital Archive.