The Indian Arts Research Center

Native Artists
Native Artists
Native Interns
Native Interns
Speaker Series
Speaker Series
Seminars & Collection Reviews
Seminars & Collection Reviews
Additions to the Collection
Additions to the Collection

The Indian Arts Research Center is a combination of reverence for the past, understanding of the present, and inspiration for the future. The IARC vaults are home to approximately 4,000 pots and other ceramic arts, as well as textiles, basketry, and jewelry that represent Indian arts and culture from first contact with the Spanish to the present, a span of 450 years. In this kaleidoscopic atmosphere, SAR staff and Native artists and interns catalog, preserve, educate, and create. In the past year, IARC hosted five artists in the fields of music, poetry, multimedia art, pottery, and weaving.

In the second year of the Literary Arts Program funded by the Lannan Foundation, SAR welcomed Janice Gould for seven weeks to spend time completing a set of gacelas, poetry formed by couplets and repeating rhymes, often addressing the themes of love and intoxication.

The 2012 Speaker Series tackled the practical nuts and bolts of the business of art with six public lectures on the theme “Thinking Ahead: The Preservation, Protection, and Support of Artists’ Legacies.” The series was geared toward artists and museum professionals who need to know more about estate planning, artist rights, funding opportunities, and documentation of artists’ work.

IARC also worked to support the traditions of making moccasins and pottery in Native communities. Six moccasin makers returned to SAR on October 21, 2011, for their final seminar on the collaborative project about Southwestern moccasins. IARC also brought together six potters from San Felipe Pueblo to discuss the past, present, and future of pottery making in their community.

The Chief White Antelope blanket, currently housed in the IARC collections, was said to be taken from the body of Chief White Antelope at the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864. In December, Laura Elliff, the IARC collections manager, transported the blanket to the Sand Creek Massacre Descendants Trust annual gathering in Anadarko, Oklahoma. The blanket was on view in a display case for the descendants of Chief White Antelope and those individuals killed at Sand Creek.

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