Our online exhibitions give visitors a peek into our collections and associated materials through topics related to the School for Advanced Research’s mission.
Creative Expression and Resilience within the IARC Collection
The Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research has a collection of wedding vases that display this range of creativity. Spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, surveying the wedding vases’ shapes, designs, and adaptations within the collection provides a look into artists’ diverse choices to better understand Pueblo pottery and resiliency.
Reinventing the West
Southwestern Landscape from an Indigenous Perspective
At the turn of the twentieth century, the joint success of the railroads and tourist marketing efforts transformed the American Southwest into an “exotic destination.” In reality, visitors’ understandings were superficial and disconnected from Indigenous ways of knowing about the land and their cultures. This exhibition deconstructs the White Imagination by prioritizing Indigenous knowledge of landscapes through their interpretations of their land.
A Story of Evolution
The Impact of the Sewing Machine in Native American Fashion
The sewing machine was invented during the First Industrial Revolution (1760-1840). The technology was brought to Native American communities and disseminated through Western assimilation practices, but also embraced by Native people for its ease in creating garments. This exhibit examines the impact of sewing machines within the world of Native American fashion.
The Western Aesthetic
Bolo Ties in the IARC Collection
Tucked inside the jewelry vaults of the Indian Arts Research Center is a stunning collection of Native American-made bolo ties. This exhibit highlights the creativity practiced by 20th century tribal artists working within the medium. Today, Native American artists continue to define, refine, and reimagine the Western aesthetic – one bolo tie at a time.