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Letitia Chambers, Clearly Indigenous and Virgil Ortiz, reVOlution (Charles S. King, Author)
Letitia Chambers, Clearly Indigenous and Virgil Ortiz, reVOlution (Charles S. King, Author)

Tue, Nov 30


Collected Works Bookstore

Letitia Chambers, Clearly Indigenous and Virgil Ortiz, reVOlution (Charles S. King, Author)

Clearly Indigenous is a stunning and comprehensive look at this new genre of art - Native Visions Reimagined in Glass. Virgil Ortiz: reVOlution is a midcareer retrospective that presents a view into Ortiz’s transformative pottery and art to illuminate his creative and artistic manifestations.

Date, Time & Location

Nov 30, 2021, 6:00 PM

Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

About the Event

Currently this is scheduled as an in-store event. We will be taking COVID precautions, masks will be required for the duration of the program and seating will be spaced accordingly. We will be simultaneously live Zooming the event for those out of town or those who would prefer it -  register to watch on Zoom here.

We're thrilled to have Letitita Chambers, the author of Clearly Indigenous and Virgil Ortiz, the subject of Virgil Ortiz: reVOlution and a contributing artist to Clearly Indigenous, in store with us.

Purchase signed copies of Clearly Indigenous online from CW here

Purchase signed copies of Virgil Ortiz: reVOlution online from CW here

Cleary Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass

Letitia Chambers Author, Cathy Short, Photo Editor

The expertise of Native glass artists, in combination with the stories of their cultures, has produced a remarkable new artistic genre. This flowering of glass art in Indian Country is the result of the coming together of two movements that began in the 1960s―the contemporary Native arts movement, championed by Lloyd Kiva New, and the studio glass art movement, founded by American glass artists such as Dale Chihuly, who started several early teaching programs. Taken together, these two movements created a new dimension of cultural and artistic expression. The glass art created by American Indian artists is not only a personal expression but also imbued with cultural heritage. Whether reinterpreting traditional iconography or expressing current issues, Native glass artists have created a rich body of work. These artists have melded the aesthetics and properties inherent in glass art with their respective cultural knowledge. The result is the stunning collection of artwork presented here. 

A number of American Indian artists were attracted to glass early in the movement, including Larry “Ulaaq” Ahvakana and Tony Jojola. Among the second generation of Native glass blowers are Preston Singletary, Daniel Joseph Friday, Robert “Spooner” Marcus, Raven Skyriver, Raya Friday, Brian Barber, and Ira Lujan. This book also highlights the glass works of major multimedia artists including Ramson Lomatewama, Marvin Oliver, Susan Point, Haila (Ho-Wan-Ut) Old Peter, Joe David, Joe Fedderson, Angela Babby, Ed Archie NoiseCat, Tammy Garcia, Carol Lujan, Rory Erler Wakemup, Lillian Pitt, Adrian Wall, Virgil Ortiz, Harlan Reano, Jody Naranjo, and several others. Four indigenous artists from Australia and New Zealand, who have collaborated with American Indian artists, are also included. This comprehensive look at this new genre of art includes multiple photographs of the impressive works of each artist.

About the Author

Letitia Chambers is a scholar and collector of Native American art and former chief executive officer of the Heard Museum. She has been involved in issues affecting Native Americans throughout her career including serving as a trustee of the Institute of American Indian Arts and as a founding director and board chair of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Prior to this, she had a long and distinctive career in education and public policy at the federal and state levels as well as in the private sector. In 1979, Chambers became the first woman staff director to lead a major standing committee of the US Senate. She was appointed by President Clinton as US Representative to the United Nations General Assembly in 1996. In 2004, she was appointed to lead the Higher Education agency for the State of New Mexico. Chambers has curated several exhibitions at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe including Clearly Indigenous. She lives in Santa Fe.

Virgil Ortiz: reVOlution

Charles S. King, author

With an artistic career spanning four decades, Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo) is one of the most innovative artists working today. Not one to be limited or categorized, Ortiz’s artistry extends across mediums and boundaries―challenging societal expectations and breaking taboos. Ortiz was taught traditional pueblo pottery techniques passed down from a matrilineal line of renowned Cochiti potters―grandmother Laurencita Herrera (1912–1984) and mother Seferina Ortiz (1931–2007). Virgil Ortiz: reVOlution is a midcareer retrospective that presents a view into Ortiz’s transformative pottery and art to illuminate his creative and artistic manifestations. With a vision that merges apocalyptic themes, science fiction, and storytelling, Ortiz’s ingenuity as a contemporary artist, provocateur, activist, futurist, and preservationist extends to his creativity working across media including pottery, design, fashion, film, jewelry, and décor. 

This beautiful book features more than 200 works of art selected by Virgil Ortiz as well as his artist statement. Curator Karen Kramer contributes a compelling portrait of the artist in the foreword to Charles S. King’s biography. In addition, this book represents a unique collaboration between book designer and artist with Ortiz leaving his imprint on each page.

About the Author

Charles S. King is an author, pueblo pottery expert, and gallerist. In 1996 he established King Galleries, with locations in Scottsdale and more recently in Santa Fe, representing many of today’s leading Native potters, historic clay works, and contemporary paintings. He is the author of Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest—The Eric S. Dobkin Collection (MNMP); Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya (MNMP); The Life and Art of Tony Da; and Virgil Ortiz: Revolt 1680/2180. He has served on boards of art associations and judged pottery at prestigious events including Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Indian Market, and Gallup Ceremonial.

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