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Crossing Paths: Beadwork from the MRM and E. Irving Couse Collections



IMG 2897compressedThe diverse community of Taos, New Mexico has acted as a center for cross-cultural interactions and exchange for centuries, if not longer. Before and after the arrival of the Spanish into the region, Taos Pueblo was a significant center for trade between the Pueblo communities to the south and the tribal nations of the Plains to the north. In addition, several Native nations from Oklahoma and Texas have ancestral ties to northern New Mexico, and have historically interacted and traded with the Indigenous communities in and around Taos. By the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, Anglo-traders had entered the scene, and the introduction of the Santa Fe Railway and their train cars full of curious tourists brought a substantial market for any and all Native American-made products. The artistic styles and subjects of the Taos Society of Artists, made popular by the Santa Fe Railway, inspired even more travelers to visit the region to collect fine Native-made art, such as pottery and beadwork.














The Millicent Rogers Museum’s collection includes significant examples of pottery, baskets, textiles, turquoise jewelry, and other art forms typically associated with the traditional arts of the Southwest. The collection of E. Irving Couse, which is housed at the E. Irving Couse and Joseph Henry Sharp Historic Site, also includes similar examples of Southwest regional art. However, the collections from both institutions contain fine examples of Native American Plains-style beadwork that was presumably produced by artists living in Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, and as far north as the Dakotas and beyond. Crossing Paths examines the history of how this art form made its way into northern New Mexico through trade connections with the north. The exhibit also addresses the historic and ancestral ties to the region by various Plains tribes and the cultural interconnectivity that has since ensued. Through a collaboration with the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, the Millicent Rogers Museum’s exhibit will also focus on how the use of Native American-made objects, such as beadwork, in the paintings produced by the Taos Society of Artists for the promotional purposes of the Santa Fe Railway helped create and inspire a thriving market for Native American art.




Please note that this exhibition will be temporarily down during the course of the Fall for Antiques Show and Sale from October 7 - 9, 2016. It will be continue on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 and run through January 31, 2017.


September 01 - January 31, 2017


Last Date 31 01 2017 10:00 AM