News for Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016: SAR Partners with Show Promoters for Private Tours of Indian Art Collection

IAF.T659, Diné (Navajo) textile, maker unknownIAF.T659, Diné (Navajo) textile, maker unknownc. 1885, wool and dyes, 109 × 76 cm. Photo by Addison Doty.IAF.T659, Diné (Navajo) textile, maker unknownc. 1885, wool and dyes, 109 × 76 cm. Photo by Addison Doty.

Art & Antique Lovers Tour School for Advanced Research

Art and antique lovers flock to Santa Fe during August, when the city hosts two important shows. Attendees of the Antique American Indian Art and Whitehawk Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art shows have the opportunity to tour and learn about the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) collections at the School for Advanced Research (SAR). SAR will host extended, private tours during both shows for art and antique patrons, as part of SAR’s partnership with both show producers.

“SAR and the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) are kicking-off this year’s Indian Market week in a very big way,” says Michael Brown, President of SAR. “SAR will host the membership of the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association (ATADA) for their annual meeting followed by a reception and open vault tours of the IARC collections. An estimated 60 ATADA members will enjoy cocktails and refreshments in the IARC courtyard, and a rare opportunity to view the collections and meet with IARC staff.”

The Whitehawk Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art show, August 12-15 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, boast over 100 dealers and feature merchandise not seen elsewhere the antiques industry: Oceanic, pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, African, Asian and other ethnographic arts, antiques, jewelry, devotional pieces, furniture, rugs, baskets, pottery, textiles, paintings and much more. The IARC will host show goers for a private, in-depth tour of the vaults.

The Antique American Indian Art Show Santa Fe, a show and sale of historic Indian art, August 16–19 at El Museo Cultural, brings together some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts in American Indian art and thousands of select historic art objects from indigenous cultures throughout North America. Now in its third year, it is the largest show of its kind in the world, and the flagship show in the United States dedicated to pre-1950 American Indian art from textiles and pottery to jewelry, basketry, beadwork, woodcarving and more.

Then on August 19, IARC Director Brian Vallo will present “Restoring Voice: A Time For New Narratives About the Indian Arts Research Center Collections,” at El Museo Cultural, highlighting the unprecedented work associated with on-going IARC collection reviews. SAR has forged a new movement in the ways cultural institutions can create meaningful connections with tribal groups to enhance, and oftentimes, correct the institution’s record about its collections. These new narratives help to restore the community voice, enhance research, and assess options for the long-term care of materials. Most importantly, a new, mutually agreed upon process for evaluating culturally sensitive materials evolves, affording members of contemporary tribal communities ways to determine best practices for conservation, storage, access, and repatriation.

“SAR and the IARC recognize the importance of establishing relationships with collectors and dealers, many who appreciate and support stewardship of Native American art collections,” says Vallo. “We look forward to engaging this audience in our work and to gaining additional exposure of the important, world-class IARC collections.”

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About the School for Advanced Research (SAR): The School for Advanced Research has supported innovative social science research and Native American artistic creativity for more than a century. Since we began offering fellowships in 1972, we have funded the work of more than 350 SAR scholars and artists, among whose ranks are six MacArthur Fellows and eighteen Guggenheim Fellows. Please join us in Santa Fe for insightful lectures or a tour of the School's historic campus. You can also follow the work of our resident scholars and Native American artists on our website,, Facebook and Twitter.

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