News for Thursday, August 18, 2016

SAR Announces New In-Depth Classes Beginning Fall 2016

Bruce BernsteinBruce BernsteinResearch AssociateBruce BernsteinResearch Associate

Topics Include Southwest Native Art and Prehistoric Four Corners Communities

Santa Fe, NM – The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to announce “SAR In Depth Classes” for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. Beginning this fall, the School for Advanced Research is offering two classes on campus open to SAR members and the general public. The fall class will take a close look at Southwest Native American art, while the spring class will focus on the prehistoric communities of the Four Corners area.

The Fall 2016 classes is a four-part series on Southwest Native Arts: An Exploration of Art, Community, and People. All classes meet from 3-5 p.m.

Dates & Topics: Tuesday, October 4, Paintings
Tuesday, October 18, Textiles
Tuesday, October 25, Jewelry and Baskets
Tuesday, November 1, Pottery

This four-part course on Southwest Native arts will include classroom discussions, readings, presentations by artists, and the superlative Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) collections. The use of the IARC’s holdings offers an unparalleled opportunity for participants to experience one of the great art and anthropology collections while exploring the Native artistic traditions that have produced distinctive pottery, textiles, baskets, paintings, and jewelry. The course promises to engage participants through interactive discussions about Native arts and the various ways we have come to understand and appreciate them.

Through examination of art, community, and people, course leader Dr. Bruce Bernstein will also provide further understanding and context from his extensive research and work with artists, museum and private collections, and paper and photographic archival sources. Each class will cover a different art form, exploring their historical development and changes, continuities, and innovations. Course attendees also will benefit from presentations by individual Native artists.

Bruce Bernstein is one of the leading authorities on Southwest Native arts. A trained ethnologist, he has worked as curator and museum director in Santa Fe and Washington, DC. He presently serves as executive director of Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts and director of the History and Preservation Office, Pueblo of Pojoaque.

Cost is $350 for nonmembers + up to $32 for reading materials; $300 for members + up to $32 for reading materials.

The Spring 2017 course is a four-week exploration From Casual Farmers to Chaco Canyon: Archaeology and the Dynamics of Prehistoric Four Corners Society. Dates: Tuesday, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, 2017. All classes meet from 3-5 p.m.

How did a few scattered families of part-time horticulturalists in about 1500 B.C. make modest decisions that would transform their descendants into the full-time farmers of the 900s A.D. who supported and shaped the rise of Chacoan Great House Society in the late 1000s A.D.? The answers involve ecology, climate, reproductive and social behaviors, massive amounts of labor, a penchant for problem solving, and lots of innovation.

Course leader David Stuart is an internationally recognized anthropologist whose most cited books are Prehistoric New Mexico, Anasazi America, The Guaymas Chronicles, and the recently released Ancient People of the Pajarito Plateau. He earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of New Mexico and served many years at UNM as associate provost for academic affairs. Dr. Stuart served as acting president of SAR and has been a lecturer at SAR, in Edinburgh, London, Mexico City, and at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Cost is $250 for nonmembers, $200 members. There will be an additional fee for reading materials TBD.

For more about these classes, and to register, visit or contact (505) 954-7238 or email members[at]

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