New Book Showcases the Acclaimed Eric S. Dobkin Collection of Native Pottery

Event, At the Antique American Indian Art Show, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 555 Camino de la Familia

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 1:00 pm, Book signing by Eric S. Dobkin, included with Show admission ($15); SAR members with member card will be admitted free of charge for the book signing.

Spoken Through ClaySpoken Through Clay

Native Pottery of the Southwest
The Eric S. Dobkin Collection
Charles S. King

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6:00 pm, Book signing by author Charles S. King, included with Show admission ($50 for the Opening Night Gala).

SAR honorary director, Eric S. Dobkin, will be in Santa Fe to launch the new book written by Charles S. King, Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest (2017, Museum of New Mexico Press). Book signings will take place at the Antique American Indian Art Show on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6 pm and Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 1 p.m. at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe.

The new book by Charles S. King showcases nearly three hundred pottery vessels from the Eric S. Dobkin collection, covering a wide range of contemporary Native artists and important historic pieces. The book includes portraits and voices of the mostly Pueblo Indian artists speaking about their artistry and technique, families, culture, and traditions. Featured artists include historic Nampeyo and Maria Martinez and contemporary potters Tammy Garcia, Virgil Ortiz and many others. Many of the artists are connected by pueblos and many are heirs of a family tradition spanning generations. Dynamic color photography captures the depth and dimension of the pieces, while the artists provide an illuminating perspective through narrative captions. Artists, academics, collectors, family members, and gallerists add additional insight about the lives, historical context, and importance of these potters and their work.

There will also be a private book signing at SAR with the authors and some of the featured artists in the book. 

Eric S. DobkinEric S. DobkinDobkin’s acclaimed personal collection of Native American pottery is documented for the first time in this book. His interest in Native pottery began in 1999 when he joined the board of directors of the School for Advanced Research. He served as a board member until 2015, holding the position of Vice Chair from 2010-2014 and Treasurer from 2014-15. In 2015, the board of directors formally named the SAR boardroom the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom. His exposure to artists and their pottery led him to begin collecting important pieces and commissioning others that would be among the largest pots ever produced by the artists.


About Eric S. Dobkin:  Eric S. Dobkin is a senior director for the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and senior advisor at C. V. Starr & Co., Inc.  Dobkin also serves on the board of governors of The Museum of Arts and Design in New York. He lives with his wife, Barbara, in Pound Ridge and Manhattan, New York.

Since 2001, Eric and Barbara Dobkin have supported one of SAR’s Native artist positions, the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellowship for Women. In recognition of his nineteen years of distinguished service on the SAR board of directors, his fellow directors renamed the boardroom in his honor in 2015.  In 2017, Dobkin was named an honorary director of SAR.

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