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Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

710 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM

Phone: 505 827 6344

Statement of Purpose:

To be showcase for the collections of the Museum of New Mexico in the laboratory of anthropology.



From This Earth: Pottery of the Southwest

Survey of ancestral, historical and contemporary Southwest Indian pottery examines techniques, sty/es, materials. From the collections.


Five historic monuments in locations around the state blend visitor centers with exhibits, picnic facilities, and nearby camping and recreation.

Fort Selden State Monument.

Nineteenth-century frontier adobe fort. Interpretive trail, living history programs weekends May 1 -Sept. 15. Located off 1-25, 13 miles north of Las Cruces. (505) 526-8911.

Fort Sumner State Monument.

Site of the internment of 9,500 Navajos and Apaches in the 1860s. Billy the Kid was killed here by Sheriff Pat Garrett. Weekend living history program Memorial Day to Labor Day. Located two miles east of the town of Fort Sumner. (505) 355-2573.

Jemez State Monument.

The ruins of Giusewa, an ancient Indian settlement near present-day Jemez Pueblo and San Jose de los Jemez, a 17th-century Spanish mission church. Located 43 miles north of Bernalillo on State Highway 4. (505) 829-3530.

Lincoln State Monument.

This well-preserved old west town was the site of the Lincoln County War and of Billy the Kid's capture and escape. Includes a replica of a 19th-century Masonic hall in the Lincoln County Courthouse. Located 12 miles east of Capitan on U.S. 380. (505) 653-4372.

Coronado State Monument.

Site of the ruins of the ancient Tiwa pueblo of Kuaua. Located one mile northwest of Bernalillo on State Highway 44 off 1-25. (505) 867-5351.

Monuments hours:

Daily, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed state holidays excePt July 4, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Monuments admission: $2 adults ($1 Fort Sumner); kids under 17, free. Sunday adult admission $1 for state residents (proof of address); N.M. seniors (60+) free on Wednesdays.



Touched by Fire: The Art, Life, and Legacy of Maria Martinez opens at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture on Saturday, March 16, 2002, and remains on view until January 12, 2003. The exhibition is full of classic examples of

pottery by one of the best known and most appreciated American Indian artists of New Mexico, Maria Martinez.

Martinez' name has become synonymous with traditional American Indian art. Book after book has been written about her, and museums, galleries and private collectors exhibit her work worldwide.

Maria was born a member of the Tewa-speaking San Ildefonso Pueblo, in northern New Mexico, around 1887 (the actual date is not known). As a young girl, she learned to make pottery in the usual Pueblo way: By watching and then doing. In her case, however, she watched two of the greatest potters of the time, Maria Montoya, and Nicolasa Peña Montoya, Maria's aunt.

Traditional Pueblo pottery making has always been a community endeavor, a way of art that Maria continued. Maria hand-coiled and polished her pottery, but she rarely painted her own pieces (although some scholars argue otherwise). When Maria was young, her older sister, Maximiliana Montoya, painted her pots. After Maria married Julian Martinez, an accomplished Pueblo painter, he began to paint her work. With his assistance, and later with that of her son and daughter-in-law, Maria became a prolific, innovative and inspirational traditional American Indian artist.

Curator John Torres has organized the exhibit around four major themes to tell the complete story of this San Ildefonso woman. The "Inspiration" section looks into the history of Tewa potter-making from the earliest San I to the role played by family and community. "Emergence" chronicles the popularization of Martinez's work and how its promotion by the

anthropological community created pottery's first "superstar." Innovations in style and process will be described in the section on "Artistry." Finally, under "Legacy," visitors can explore the impact of Martinez's success on Pueblo life and the commercial market.

Along with 56 pieces of Maria's pottery, Touched by Fire will show archival photographs and video-interview commentary by contemporary potters and scholars of Maria's work.


The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, located on Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail, is part of the Museum of New Mexico, a division of the State Office of Cultural Affairs.


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All museums are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Palace of the Govemors and the Museum of Fine Arts are open free of charge on Friday evenings from 5-8 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS. All are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days.

Admission & Directions:

Adult admission (tax inclusive; VISA/MC accepted): S8 for a four-day pass for all four museums or $5 for a single admission to one museum. Sunday is Dollar Day for New Mexican residents. Kids under 17, regardless of residence, are free. New Mexico senior citizens (60+ years) are admilted free on Wednesdays.


Key Personnel:

Stephen Becker, Director

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