Prehistoric Casas Grandes and Contemporary Mata Ortiz Pottery Traditions
February 25 2011 - April 03 2011
For the past twenty-five years an extraordinary art movement has been underway in the remote countryside of northern Mexico, a renaissance of ceramic art in the tiny village of Mata Ortiz. As unlikely as it may seem, this phenomenon was sparked by the genius of a village woodcutter of rare artistic talent and equally rare determination, Juan Quezada.
Over the years, by trial and error, Juan Quezada gradually recreated the technology of the ancient pre-Columbian masterpieces of nearby Casa Grande Pueblo, until modern masterpieces also emerged from his own hands. Now this reawakening of the ancient art is taking many forms in the hands of some three hundred villagers. Passed to the Present explores the contemporary masterpieces of Mata Ortiz and compares them with the ancient pottery of Casas Grandes from which they emerged.
"The Potters of Mata Ortiz" Daniel Vick, Museum of the Red River Reception and Lecture: Friday, March 11, 7:00pm Free & Open to the Public
Storytime in the Gallery with Daniel J. Lay Feb. 26 and March 17, 10:30am Free & Open to the Public