Hailing from a family of celebrated Pueblo potters, Virgil Ortiz moves into a new era combining art, fashion, video and film at lightning speed. Ortiz, who works and lives in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, is one of the most innovative potters of his time.
Ortiz, the youngest of six children, grew up in a creative environment in which storytelling, collecting clay, gathering wild plants, and producing figurative pottery were part of everyday life; his grandmother Laurencita Herrera and his mother, Seferina Ortiz, were both renowned Pueblo potters and part of an ongoing matrilineal heritage.
Join us as we begin the day at the Indian Arts Research Center vaults to view the traditional pottery from Cochiti Pueblo with an historical overview by Gallery Owner and Author Charles King. Then we will travel to visit Virgil Ortiz for a private tour of his studio in Cochiti Pueblo with exclusive access to Virgil Ortiz Clay Works prior to Indian Market 2018. Ortiz will also give a presentation about his work and practice of keeping Cochiti pottery traditions alive, but transforming them into a contemporary vision merging his art with apocalyptic themes, science fiction, and his own storytelling.
After a traditional Pueblo-style lunch, we will have the opportunity to enjoy shopping at VO Gallery/Boutique. Lunch will be followed by an optional clay demonstration and/or Tent Rocks excursion (weather permitting).
Learn more about Virgil Ortiz’s art at www.virgilortiz.com.
To RSVP for this field trip, please contact Lindsay Archuleta at (505) 954-7231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.