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Upcoming Exhibition

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community

February 20 – May 15, 2022

Art that feeds the spirit . . .


Rug (detail). Navajo, c. 1920s. Wool. 90.35.92

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About the Exhibition

This major exhibition explores Pueblo and Navajo pottery, textiles, and jewelry as living traditions that promote individual and community well-being through their making and use. With nearly 100 works, the show presents objects that Dr. Albert Barnes collected in Santa Fe and Taos during the 1930s as well as works by contemporary Native American artists that highlight the connections between historic pieces and modern practices.

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community is co-curated by Lucy Fowler Williams, associate curator-in-charge at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Antonio Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), curator of ethnology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Sante Fe.

Three Navajo bow guards with turquoise details

Left: Ketoh (bow guard), Navajo, c. 1900. Silver alloy from ingots, turquoise, leather, copper alloy. A186. Center: Ketoh, Navajo, c. 1900–1910. Silver alloy from ingots, turquoise, copper alloy. A91. Right: Ketoh, Navajo, c. 1890–1910. Silver alloy from ingots, turquoise, leather, copper alloy. 01.34.01

Red wool Navajo serape with diamond motif

Serape, Navajo, c. 1875. Wool. 01.24.05

Detail of design on Zuni Pueblo water jar

Olla (water jar) (detail), Zuni Pueblo, c. 1800–1820. Fired clay, temper, slip. A359

Wide clay vessel with intricate designs

Olla (water jar), Santa Ana Pueblo, c. 1830–40. Fired clay, temper, slip. A388

Close detail of Navajo serape

Serape (detail), Navajo, c. 1860. Wool. 01.24.03

Silver necklace with turquoise pendant

Squash Blossom Necklace, Navajo, c. 1910–15. Silver alloy from ingots, turquoise, leather. A69


Ongoing support for exhibitions comes from the Christine and Michael Angelakis Exhibition Fund, the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Aileen and Brian Roberts. Additional support comes from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

In addition, support for all exhibitions comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:

Joan Carter and John Aglialoro, Julia and David Fleischner, Leigh and John Middleton, Jeanette and Joe Neubauer

John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, N. Judith Broudy, Laura and Bill Buck, Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Penelope Harris, Christine and George Henisee, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Marguerite Lenfest, Maribeth and Steven Lerner, Victoria McNeil Le Vine, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, The Park Family, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Adele K. Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Stark, Joan F. Thalheimer, Bruce and Robbi Toll, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Kirsten White, Anonymous.