Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar
Painting the Pueblo: Art and the Politics of Preservation, 1915–1930
Painting the Pueblo explores representations of Pueblo Indians produced in New Mexico during the late 1910s and 1920s, a period that witnessed an epochal shift in federal Indian policy from assimilation to preservation. During this period, artists with diverse aesthetic tendencies became a central force in the fight against assimilationist policies. As Dr. Scott’s research demonstrates, the art produced by these artist-activists was often informed by their political perspectives. Moreover, their political battle led to a widespread change in attitude towards American Indians and radically transformed the visual culture of the Southwest. While at SAR, Dr. Scott will focus on San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), whose paintings offer a complex commentary on cross-cultural contact in the region. By considering Tsireh's works within the tumultuous political context of the 1920s, Dr. Scott aims to highlight the Pueblo role in the debates of the period.
Affiliation at time of award:
Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Music Histories, Syracuse University
Sponsored by Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation