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Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting: The Art of Tonita Peña and Joe Herrera

Jan. 26-April 8, 2018

Nancy Johnston Records Gallery

Tonita Peña

Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting: The Art of Tonita Peña and Joe Herrera is the first of its kind: a large-scale, high-quality, scholarly exhibition of three generations of modern Pueblo painting. The exhibition is curated by W. Jackson Rushing III, the Eugene B. Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art, OU School of Visual Arts.

Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting spans 1915 to the late 1980s. In addition to Tonita Peña (San Ildefonso/Cochiti) and her son, Joe Herrera (Cochiti), other artists featured include Julian Martinez and his grandson Tony Da (San Ildefonso); Pablita Velarde and her daughter Helen Hardin (Santa Clara); in addition to teachers and mentors, such as Romando Vigil (San Ildefonso) and Geronimo Montoya (San Juan); as well as younger artists inspired by Herrera, such as Michael Kabotie (Hopi); Martinez’s nephew, Gilbert Atencio (San Ildefonso); and Charles Lovato (Kewa Pueblo).

Please view the exhibition press release here. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council Grant Program.

Image Credits
Tonita Peña (Quah Ah) (U.S., San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1893-1949)
Bow and Arrow Dance, n.d.
Watercolor on paper, 17 1/4 x 21 3/4 in.
The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, 2010

 

Opening Reception
Thursday, Jan. 25
6 p.m.: Members Exhibition Preview

Museum members are invited to preview the Generations exhibition before it officially opens to the public. Join us for a specialty cocktail and hors d'oeuvres from Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, live music from Oklahoma Gazette's top-performing artist Edgar Cruz, as well as valet parking. Not a member? Sign up today to enjoy this special perk!
7 p.m.: Public Opening Lecture
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium
Join us for a public opening lecture with the exhibition curator W. Jackson Rushing III, the Eugene B. Adkins Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art, OU School of Visual Arts. Members at the Supporter level and higher may reserve seats for the lecture. Seating in the auditorium and overflow is expected to fill up quickly, so please call us at (405) 325-2297 to reserve your spot today!
8 p.m.: Public Opening Reception
Sandy Bell Gallery
Following the lecture, please join us for a public reception with light refreshments, a cash bar, and live music.

Gallery Talk
1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30
Nancy Johnston Records Gallery

Join Rushing as he leads a gallery talk about the Generations exhibition.

Family Day
1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

Visit the Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting exhibition and enjoy hands-on activities for the whole family.

exchange: Generations
1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 3
Sandy Bell Gallery

Engage in an inclusive discussion about female leadership in the arts with Native artists Holly Wilson, Anita Fields, and Molly Murphy-Adams. Presented by Jackson Rushing, exchange will be held in remembrance of the innovative artist Tonita Peña in conjunction with the Generations exhibition. Light refreshments and fried fruit pie will be provided.