A Strange Mixture: The Art and Politics of Painting Pueblo Indians

Sascha Scott

Membership Lecture, James A. Little Theater

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for non-members

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Art historian Sascha Scott explores the strange mixture of art and Indian politics between the two world wars. During the 1910s and 20s, artists in New Mexico helped to ferry in an epochal shift in federal Indian policy from assimilation to cultural preservation through their art and actions. Representations of Pueblo Indians by these artists fueled the tourist industry in the region. Paintings by Anglo-American artists, including Ernest L. Blumenschein, John Sloan, and Georgia O’Keeffe, are often caste as celebratory or unambiguously exploitative. Professor Scott demonstrates how one gains a more robust understanding of early twentieth-century representations of Pueblo Indians and the fraught historical context in which they were created.

Affiliation: Syracuse University





Videography by Jose Cruzado.



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Dan Merians & Tamara Bates, UBS Financial Services


Series Sponsors:
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Betty and Luke Vortman Endowment Fund
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Flora Crichton Lecture Fund
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