News for Monday, October 10, 2016

The Strange Mixture of Art & Politics of Painting Pueblo Indians

Sascha ScottSascha Scott2011 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer ScholarSascha Scott2011 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar

The School for Advanced Research lecture series, Crossing Global Frontiers, continues Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf. Professor Sascha Scott will explore A Strange Mixture: The Art and Politics of Painting Pueblo Indians, the subject of her recently published book of the same name.

Professor Scott will explore early twentieth-century representations of Pueblo Indians by Anglo-American artists Ernest L. Blumenschein, John Sloan, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Artists in New Mexico during the 1910s and 1920s contributed to a vast shift in federal Indian policy from assimilation to cultural preservation through their art and actions. At the same time, representations of Pueblo Indians by these same artists fueled the tourist industry in the region. According to Scott, “in this fraught historical context, these pictures are stranger and more ambivalent than such narratives suggest and have the ability to surprise, frustrate, and unsettle.”

Sascha Scott, SAR’s 2011 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar, is an associate professor of art history and a member of the Native American Studies faculty at Syracuse University. She specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art. In addition to offering broad surveys of American and American Indian visual culture, she teaches courses that expand out from her research, including seminars that explore representations of American Indians, art and politics, and art and the environment. She received her PhD in art history from Rutgers University, her BA from Colorado College.

All lectures in the Public Lecture Series, which runs through June 2017, will be held at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and are free to SAR members. Nonmembers are $10.00. Please register at

This lecture is sponsored by Walter Burke Catering, Inc.; and Dan Merians and Tamara Bates, UBS Financial Services. The entire lecture series is made possible through the generous support of Adobo Catering, the Betty and Luke Vortman Endowment Fund, Pajarito Scientific Corporation, the Flora Crichton Lecture Fund, Thornburg Investment Management, Shiprock Santa Fe, and SAR members. For more information about the 2016-2017 Public Lecture Series, visit or contact Maureen Ayers (505) 954-7245 or ayers[at]

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