Santa Fe Indian Market: A History of Native Arts and the Marketplace

Item No: 1171

$ 29.95

  • Every August more than 150,000 people attend Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the nation’s largest and most anticipated Native arts event. One thousand artists, representing 160 tribes, nations, and villages from the United States and Canada proudly display their arts of work ranging from pottery and basketry to contemporary sculpture. This book uncovers the history of the market, the relationship with artists, and explores the future of American Indian art.

    • Author: Bruce Bernstein
    • Paperback: 151 pages
    • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press (July 13, 2012)
    • ISBN-10: 0890135487
    • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Bruce Bernstein, PhD, is former executive director of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, which sponsors Santa Fe Indian Market. He is former assistant director for research and collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and former director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Museum of New Mexico). He is the author of (with W. Jackson Rushing) Modern by Tradition: American Indian Painting in the Studio Style (Museum of New Mexico Press).
  • The history of Indian Market as related in this new publication is the story of Indian cultural arts in the twentieth century beginning with Edgar L. Hewett and the founding of the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe in 1909. At the turn of the last century, the notion of Indian art as art in its own right and not ethnography was a foreign concept. With the arrival of the railroad and tourism in New Mexico, two thousand years of utilitarian Pueblo pottery tradition gave way to a curio trade intended for visitors to the area. The curators and archaeologists at the Museum of New Mexico began to collect prehistoric and historic pottery and encouraged potters to make pottery modeled on traditional ideas thought to represent authentic culture. Maria and Julian Martinez countered the idea that art was a matter of studying the past when in 1922, at the first "Indian Fair,” they introduced their revolutionary black-on-black pottery. Bruce Bernstein links these early developments to Indian Market’s ninety-year relationship with Native arts, cultural movements, historical events, and the ever-evolving creativity of Native artists in shaping their market.
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