Passed to the Present: 

Prehistoric Casas Grandes and Contemporary Mata Ortiz Pottery Traditions

February 25 - April 3, 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

  • Allied Arts
  • Oklahoma Arts
  • National Endowment

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