INSIGHTS: The UNM Art Museum Distinguished Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 29, 5:30 pm
Look Back Into Our Future: Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180
a lecture by
Artist Virgil Ortiz in conjunction with the exhibition: 400 Years of Remembering and Forgetting: The Graphic Art of Floyd Solomon on exhibition in the Van Deren Coke Gallery
The lecture will take place in the Clinton Adams Gallery
The influence of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 has been seen in the work of Virgil Ortiz over the past decade. He has created series in clay along with his fashion to bring the message of the Revolt and the endurance of the Pueblo people to a worldwide audience. His current work creates a futuristic version of the Revolt set in 2180. “My goal is to make the story, issues, tragedy and perseverance of the Pueblo people relevant to a younger generation.” Scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition of Floyd Solomon’s graphic work, the lecture will also touch on Solomon’s evocations of the Pueblo Revolt and history of the Spanish conquest. Hailing from a family of celebrated Pueblo potters, Virgil Ortiz’s exquisite clay works are exhibited worldwide from the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the ’s-Hertogenbosch Museum in The Netherlands, and Fondation Cartier in Paris, France.
Funding for this lecture series is generously provided in part by the Department of Art and Art History and by the Allene H. and Walter P. Kleweno Lecture Series Fund.
Virgil Ortiz, Survivorship Figure, (detail); from the eVOlution Series; 2013; Native Clay, native clay slips, wild spinach (black paint), traditionally fired; 20 x 14 x 8 inches; Images and graphics courtesy of Virgil Ortiz © Virgil Ortiz